Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Flippant (Page: 571)

Flip"pant (?), a. [Prov. E. flip to move nimbly; cf. W. llipa soft, limber, pliant, or Icel. fleipa to babble, prattle. Cf. Flip, Fillip, Flap, Flipper.]

1. Of smooth, fluent, and rapid speech; speaking with ease and rapidity; having a voluble tongue; talkative.

It becometh good men, in such cases, to be flippant and free in their speech. Barrow.

2. Speaking fluently and confidently, without knowledge or consideration; empty; trifling; inconsederate; pert; petulant. Flippant epilogous." Thomson.

To put flippant scorn to the blush. I. Taylor.
A sort of flippant, vain discourse. Burke.

Flippant (Page: 571)

Flip"pant, n. A flippant person. [R.] Tennyson.