- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈsuːsɪənt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /inˈsusiənt/
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- Hyphenation: in‧sou‧ciant
- Casually unconcerned; carefree, indifferent, nonchalant.
- an insouciant gesture
- 1834, [Theresa Lewis], chapter XII, in Countess of Morley [Frances Talbot Parker], editor, Dacre: A Novel. [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, […], OCLC 230671148, page 220:
- "I am quite serious in saying that your loss must and would be felt; but I verily believe," added she, after a moment's hesitation, "that you are so insouciant yourself, that you cannot believe that every body else is not equally indifferent."
- 1905, William Somerset Maugham, chapter XXXVIII, in The Land of the Blessed Virgin: Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia, London: William Heinemann, OCLC 962027576, page 215:
- 1913 August, L[ucy] M[aud] Montgomery, “The Christmas Harp”, in The Golden Road, Boston, Mass.: The Page Company, published April 1926, OCLC 150594789, pages 31–32:
- When we left the Marr house, he [Peter] had boldly said to Felicity, "May I see you home?" And Felicity, much to our amazement, had taken his arm and marched off with him. […] As for me, I was consumed by a secret and burning desire to ask the Story Girl if I might see her home; but I could not screw my courage to the sticking point. How I envied Peter his easy, insouciant manner!
- “insouciant” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).