Definition of impertinent
1 : not pertinent : irrelevant
2a : not restrained within due or proper bounds especially of propriety or good taste impertinent curiosityb : given to or characterized by insolent rudeness an impertinent answer
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Examples of impertinent in a Sentence
She asked a few impertinent questions.
the impertinent child had a smart answer for everything
Recent Examples of impertinent from the Web
These people, and the free press that serves them, have every right to demand answers to their questions, no matter how inconvenient or impertinent the President and his cabinet secretaries may find the queries.
Pelé was the vanguard of global soccer during its rowdy, impertinent 1970s campaign to convert the United States.
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Did You Know?
English speakers adopted both impertinent and pertinent from Anglo-French in the 14th century. Both words derive from the present participle of the Latin verb pertinēre, meaning "to pertain." Initially, impertinent was used for things that are simply not relevant. Over time, it came to be used of things that are not only irrelevant but rudely or inappropriately so, and later for people who are just straight-out rude.
Origin and Etymology of impertinent
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin impertinent-, impertinens, from Latin in- + pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre to pertain
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of impertinent
IMPERTINENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impertinent for English Language Learners
: rude and showing a lack of respect
IMPERTINENT Defined for Kids
Definition of impertinent for Students
: very rude : having or showing a lack of respect an impertinent question
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