insolent

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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin insolens (unaccustomed, unwanted, unusual, immoderate, excessive, arrogant, insolent), from in- (priv.) + solens, present participle of solere (to be accustomed, to be wont).

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insolent (comparative more insolent, superlative most insolent)

  1. Insulting in manner or words.
  2. Rude.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 6, The Younger Set[1]:
      “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, [] the chlorotic squatters on huge yachts, the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosus, … !”
  3. Cheeky.

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insolent m (feminine insolente, masculine plural insolents, feminine plural insolentes)

  1. insolent