impromptu


1im·promp·tu

noun \im-ˈpräm(p)-(ˌ)tü, -(ˌ)tyü\

Definition of IMPROMPTU

1
:  something that is impromptu
2
:  a musical composition suggesting improvisation

Examples of IMPROMPTU

  1. <although five different lines had been written, the best choice turned out to be an impromptu from the tired actor himself>

Origin of IMPROMPTU

French, from impromptu extemporaneously, from Latin in promptu in readiness
First Known Use: 1683

2impromptu

adjective

: not prepared ahead of time : made or done without preparation

Full Definition of IMPROMPTU

1
:  made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of the moment :  improvised
2
:  composed or uttered without previous preparation :  extemporaneous
impromptu adverb

Examples of IMPROMPTU

  1. Two of my friends came by unexpectedly, and we had an impromptu little party in my kitchen.
  2. He made an impromptu speech about honor and responsibility.

First Known Use of IMPROMPTU

1764

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