adjective non·cha·lant \ˌnän-shə-ˈlänt; ˈnän-shə-ˌlänt, -lənt\

: relaxed and calm in a way that shows that you do not care or are not worried about anything

Full Definition of NONCHALANT

:  having an air of easy unconcern or indifference
non·cha·lant·ly adverb

Examples of NONCHALANT

  1. In those stories, we already find the qualities the world would come to know as Kafkaesque: the nonchalant intrusion of the bizarre and horrible into everyday life, the subjection of ordinary people to an inscrutable fate. —Adam Kirsch, New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan. 2009


French, from Old French, from present participle of nonchaloir to disregard, from non- + chaloir to concern, from Latin calēre to be warm — more at lee
First Known Use: circa 1734

Synonym Discussion of NONCHALANT

cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness <kept a cool head>. composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition <the composed pianist gave a flawless concert>. collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis <the nurse stayed calm and collected>. unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement <harried but unruffled>. imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation <the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling>. nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern <a nonchalant driver>.
NONCHALANT Defined for Kids


adjective non·cha·lant \ˌnän-shə-ˈlänt\

Definition of NONCHALANT for Kids

:  showing or having a relaxed manner free from concern or excitement <He was surprisingly nonchalant about winning the award.>
non·cha·lant·ly \-ˈlänt-lē\ adverb


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