Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Persistently calm, whether when facing difficulties or experiencing success; not easily upset or excited.

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  • adjective not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure

Etymologies

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un- + flap (“upset, stir, scandal, controversy”) + -able

Examples

  • The word unflappable has been used, correctly, and that puts him in contrast to the incumbent, who often seems not so much calm as insensate.

    The GOP Wins by Bruising

  • The Penguins 'coach, Dan Bylsma, says the level of hatred was so lacking as his team - which only the day before he had called "unflappable" - flapped badly against the Senators, that they had better find some by tonight's Game 2 in Pittsburgh.

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  • Why oh why oh why did the Yankees think it was wise to pay $82.5 million to this 34-year-old pitcher, who has proven himself so unreliable and ineffective that the mere mention of his name causes unflappable New Yorkers to seethe?

    Sympathy for A.J. Is Not Tolerated Here

  • Senator Obama has been described as unflappable on the campaign trail.

    Harold Pollack: How can I face my parents if I say McCain is too old to be president?

  • MacFarlane says twisted sense of humor comes from family, namely his "unflappable" mother

    CNN.com

  • MacFarlane says twisted sense of humor comes from family, namely his "unflappable" mother

    CNN.com

  • He's just very unflappable, which is something which will stand him in good stead.

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  • This campaign that during the bums rush period had the punditocracy cooing about "brutal efficiency" "unflappable" "on message" has since Nov 1 or so, come totally apart.

    Hillary Campaign Won't Air Ads Attacking Obama

  • If he think things are this urgent, well, then "unflappable" surely won't cut it.

    "Barack Obama's temperament is famously unflappable."

  • I have just been reading about St. Francis de Sales who was known as 'unflappable'.

    Mood Swings

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  • I am not this, but would love to be!

    January 22, 2008

  • So you can be flapped?

    January 22, 2008

  • Female scribe.

    September 5, 2009