1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
  2. Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
  3. Archaic. glib; voluble.


  1. marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
  2. impertinent; saucy
  3. obsolete talkative or nimble

c.1600, “talkative;” 1670s, “displaying unbecoming levity,” apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.

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