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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”).
- Insulting in manner or words.
1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 6, The Younger Set:
- “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, … !”
- insulting: arrogant, bold, cocky, impudent
- rude: disrespectful, impertinent, insubordinate, offensive
- See also Wikisaurus:cheeky
- See also Wikisaurus:arrogant
insulting in manner or words
- insolent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- insolent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- insolent at OneLook Dictionary Search