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Flippant Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    flippant adj : showing inappropriate levity [syn: light-minded]
Flippant Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Flippant \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; inconsiderate; pert; petulant. ``Flippant epilogues.'' --Thomson. To put flippant scorn to the blush. --I. Taylor. A sort of flippant, vain discourse. --Burke.
Flippant Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Flippant \Flip"pant\, n. A flippant person. [R.] --Tennyson.
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