cavalier

Someone who is cavalier has a dismissive attitude and regards other people as inferior. If you think you know more than your teacher and never bother doing homework, your parents might complain that you are cavalier about your studies.

The word cavalier dates from mid-16th-century French, from the Latin caballus, meaning “horse.” If you have a cavalier attitude, you look down on other people — as if you are sitting on a very tall horse and other people are sitting down there on the ground.

Primary Meanings of cavalier

1.
adj
given to haughty disregard of others
2.
n
a gallant or courtly gentleman
Full Definitions of cavalier
1

adj given to haughty disregard of others

Synonyms:
high-handed
domineering
tending to domineer
2

n a gallant or courtly gentleman

Synonyms:
chevalier
Type of:
male aristocrat
a man who is an aristocrat

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