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Examples of impromptu in a Sentence
although five different lines had been written, the best choice turned out to be an impromptu from the tired actor himself
Origin and Etymology of impromptu
First Known Use: 1683See Words from the same year
Examples of impromptu in a Sentence
Two of my friends came by unexpectedly, and we had an impromptu little party in my kitchen.
He made an impromptu speech about honor and responsibility.
Recent Examples of impromptu from the Web
The small-town informality at Delaware Water Gap allows young musicians to have an impromptu master class with any number of jazz elders.
O’Neil-Baker said at an impromptu press conference with Sen. Richard Blumenthal outside the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford.
The two of us set out on an impromptu bike tour of various artists' studios, weaving through antiques stalls and onto a small road lined with homes and former machinery workshops and production spaces.
Hundreds have commented on the post, debating the health risks and general degree of indecency of the mother’s impromptu ingredient addition.
Amazon says the truck, which debuted as a pilot in 2015 but officially launched last year, has been a hit in Seattle — its sole location until now — motivating impromptu purchases of everything from Harry Potter books to video games and steaks.
Although Araujo, Cummins, and the wedding party were not seated at the head table this past Saturday, there was more than enough seating in the hotel’s garden pavilion and decadent eats for all those guests who received an impromptu invitation.
Even so, an impromptu office quiz produced one simple, undeniable result: 50 percent more of us vote Camaro.
Elsewhere, a towel-bound Vanessa Axente paired brushed blonde waves with power brows and rosy lips, while Hailey Baldwin’s goddess appeal was made modern by an impromptu updo and graphic shades.
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Did You Know?
If you think that "impromptu" looks like a relative of "prompt," you're right; both are ultimately derived from the Latin promere, meaning "to bring forth, take out." "Impromptu" was borrowed from French, where it meant "extemporaneously," but French speakers picked it up from the Latin phrase in promptu, a "promere" descendant meaning "in readiness" or "at hand." There is also another, much rarer descendant of "promere" in English - the noun promptuary, meaning "a book of ready reference."
First Known Use of impromptu
Synonymsad hoc, ad-lib, down and dirty, extemporary, extempore, extemporaneous, improvisational, improvised, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, snap, spur-of-the-moment, unconsidered, unplanned, unpremeditated, unprepared, unrehearsed, unstudied
Antonymsconsidered, planned, premeditated, premeditative, prepared, rehearsed
Related Wordsunscripted; automatic, impulsive, instinctive, involuntary, spontaneous; casual, cursive, informal, unauthorized; half-baked, half-cocked, ill-advised
Near Antonymsdeliberate, intended, intentional
IMPROMPTU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impromptu for English Language Learners
: not prepared ahead of time : made or done without preparation
IMPROMPTU Defined for Kids
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