Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a cavalier manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a supercilious, disdainful, or haughty manner; arrogantly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a cavalier manner; arrogantly; disdainfully; superciliously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a proud and domineering manner

Etymologies

cavalier +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dr. Griffin cavalierly stated that all we needed to go back to the Moon "is a good map".

    Augustine Committee Meets at MSFC Today - NASA Watch

  • An Englishman appears to lack a twenty-dollar word, derived rather cavalierly from the Greek, to mean 'fear of snow'.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • Talton recalls cavalierly writing about the fate of steelworkers overtaken by technology and globalization:

    Downbeat « BuzzMachine

  • Facing the Truth about the American Voter, Gerry Donaghy adopts a kind of cavalierly dismissive tone that, if nothing else, suggests voters need hand-holding and amount to nothing more than sheep in sheep's clothing; I beg to differ.

    Mock the Vote?

  • He -- because he's not human and he has no soul or conscious, he is up there just kind of cavalierly describing how he had his hit kit with him, and how his projects were proceeding.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2005

  • This article was written six years before the words last quoted from Mr. Wallace; how absolutely, however, does the word "cavalierly" apply to them!

    Selections from Previous Works and Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals

  • OTTAWA - The federal government has "cavalierly" rejected meaningful reform of the Access to Information Act, say three groups that campaign for open and accountable government.

    Edmonton Sun

  • But it goes to show how cavalierly and arbitrarily the Minister is exercising his remit.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • It finds enough comfort that a peckerwood from South Carolina finds it somehow plausible to call the President of the United States a liar during a State of the Union address, and the former Vice-President of the United States can cavalierly tell a United States Senator to "F#@& himself" on the floor of the Senate.

    Lance Simmens: A Call For Civility

  • William McGurn " Labor's Coming Class War ," Jan. 4 cavalierly notes the erosion of private-sector retirement and health-care security as if these were inevitable realities.

    Blame Wall Street, Not Our Unions

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