Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Indifferent; apathetic.
  • n. One who does not care.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. apathetic, indifferent or nonchalant
  • n. such a person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A careless person; a trifler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person characterized by want of care, interest, attention, or the like; an apathetic, careless, easy, inaccurate person.

Etymologies

Italian : poco, little; see poco + curante, present participle of curare, to care for (from Latin cūrāre, from cūra, care).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian poco ‘little’ + curante ‘caring’, from curare ‘to care’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • COLLINS: We are interested, though, in your last word, "pococurante," which we are all becoming very familiar with this morning.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2003

  • Lors des championnats les plus récents, les mots qui ont permis aux gagnants de remporter la victoire ont été pococurante, autochthonous, appoggiatura, ursprache, serrefine, guerdon et Laodicean.

    Archive 2010-07-01

  • The winning words in recent competitions have included: pococurante; autochthonous; appoggiatura; ursprache; serrefine; guerdon; Laodicean.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • “I believe you are misinformed, sir,” said Jekyl dryly, and then resumed, as deftly as he could, his proper character of a pococurante.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Archibald, though a follower of the court, and a pococurante by profession, was confused, if not affected; the dairy-maid blubbered; and Jeanie felt the tears rise spontaneously to her eyes.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Also, just so everyone's just totally sure pococurante is NOT pronounced "Po-Cock-Your-Auntie."

    hamletwildie Diary Entry

  • The tight pantaloons, the authoritative voice, the pococurante manner, and the broken

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • And we had one of those cards for pococurante, so that's how I remembered it.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2003

  • For me, as you may have found out, I am the _pococurante_ senator, and above all things very free in saying what I think.

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3) Essay 4: Joseph de Maistre

  • Rake stared, and looked at him blankly; in this man who spoke to him with so subdued but so irresistible a power of command, he could scarcely recognize the gay, indolent, indulgent, pococurante Guardsman, whose most serious anxiety had been the set of a lace tie, the fashion of his hunting dress, or the choice of the gold arabesques for his smoking-slippers.

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  • adj: uninterested, indifferent, or nonchalantly detached.

    December 11, 2007