extempore

adverb or adjective

ex·​tem·​po·​re ik-ˈstem-pə-(ˌ)rē How to pronounce extempore (audio)
: in an extemporaneous manner
speaking extempore

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin ex tempore "on the spur of the moment, on impulse," from ex "out of, from" + tempore, ablative of tempus "time, the circumstances existing at a particular time, occasion, moment" — more at ex- entry 1, tempo

First Known Use

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extempore was circa 1553

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Cite this Entry

“Extempore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extempore. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

extempore

adverb or adjective
ex·​tem·​po·​re ik-ˈstem-pə-(ˌ)rē How to pronounce extempore (audio)
: in an extemporaneous manner
speaking extempore
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