adjective im·pu·dent \ˈim-pyə-dənt\

: failing to show proper respect and courtesy : very rude

Full Definition of IMPUDENT

obsolete :  lacking modesty
:  marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others :  insolent
im·pu·dent·ly adverb

Examples of IMPUDENT

  1. The boy was punished for his impudent behavior.
  2. <the guest's impudent inquiries about the cost of just about everything we had in the house>
  3. As in the sixties, being young then was in itself an empowerment; writing under Harding and Coolidge was impudent fun. —John Updike, New Yorker, 25 Apr. 1988

Origin of IMPUDENT

Middle English, from Latin impudent-, impudens, from in- + pudent-, pudens, present participle of pudēre to feel shame
First Known Use: 14th century


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