Definition of impertinent
- impertinent curiosity
- an impertinent answer
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She asked a few impertinent questions.
the impertinent child had a smart answer for everything
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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: rude and showing a lack of respect
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