Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
insolent

in·so·lent

insolent

pronunciation:
In s lnt
features:
Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition: rude, arrogant, or offensively forward in speech or manner.
She wanted to slap him for making such insolent comments.
synonyms:
brash, cheeky, discourteous, disrespectful, forward, fresh, impolite, impudent, presumptuous, rude, sassy, uncivil, unmannerly
antonyms:
deferential, polite
similar words:
arrogant, audacious, bold, brazen, flip, pert, saucy
derivation: insolently (adv.)
Word Explorer
See
  behavior
Word Parts
The word insolent contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.