from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.
- adj. Audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Insulting in manner or words.
- adj. Rude.
- adj. Cheeky.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual.
- adj. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or disrespectful; saucy
- adj. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unwonted; unusual; uncommon.
- Showing haughty disregard of others; overbearing; contemptuously impertinent.
- Proceeding from insolence; insulting; supercilious: as, insolent words or behavior.
- Producing the effect of insolence; excessive; unbearable.
- Unfrequented; lonely.
- Synonyms and Insolent, Insulting; abusive, impudent, contemptuous. Insolent is now chiefly used of language that is intentionally and grossly rude, defiant, or rebellious. Where it applies to conduct, the conduct includes language as the most offensive thing. Insulting is freely applicable to either words or deeds that are intended to lower a person's self-respect: as, an insulting gesture. Insolent generally implies pride, but insulting does not. A man may be insolent or insulting to his superior, his inferior, or his equal. See arrogance and affront, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by casual disrespect
- adj. unrestrained by convention or propriety
Middle English, from Latin īnsolēns, īnsolent-, immoderate, arrogant : in-, not; see in-1 + solēns, present participle of solēre, to be accustomed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)