Something about this word makes us think of Bugs Bunny in an 18th Century dual with Elmer Fudd, complete with opening glove slaps. Yes, Bugs is the king of insolent conduct, but in light-hearted way, of course! He is overbearing, proud, impudent, and boldly insultingly. That’s why Elmer hates him and we love him.
Example: Stephan was shocked by his new architect intern’s insolent behavior. Not only did the novice believe that she knew all there was to know about the practice, but she insulted the established employees on an almost hourly basis.