ex·​tem·​po·​rary ik-ˈstem-pə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce extemporary (audio)
extemporarily adverb

Examples of extemporary in a Sentence

caught red-handed, the would-be embezzler proceeded to give some extemporary and not very convincing explanations for her actions

Word History


borrowed from New Latin extemporārius, from Latin ex tempore "on the spur of the moment, extempore" + -ārius -ary entry 2

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extemporary was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Extemporary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extemporary. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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