impromptu

noun
im·promp·tu | \im-ˈpräm(p)-(ˌ)tü, -(ˌ)tyü\

Definition of impromptu 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is impromptu

2 : a musical composition suggesting improvisation

impromptu

adjective

Definition of impromptu (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of the moment : improvised

2 : composed or uttered without previous preparation : extemporaneous

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Other Words from impromptu

Adjective

impromptu adverb

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Adjective

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."

Examples of impromptu in a Sentence

Noun

although five different lines had been written, the best choice turned out to be an impromptu from the tired actor himself

Adjective

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.
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The impromptu parade included a girl in a pink helmet, a boy with yellow handlebars, and a bearded hipster with dreadlocks flowing in the summer breeze. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 Grande, 25, joined him and the boys for the impromptu photoshoot soon — jumping on Davidson’s shoulders in a series of snaps both also shared online. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bye, SNL! Pete Davidson Has a 'New Job' — as a Backup Dancer for Ariana Grande," 12 July 2018 An impromptu speech Ron Stratman was able to gather the strength to speak to those who quickly gathered on a Sunday afternoon. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Stratman Strong: Lakota West lacrosse seeks community support for family of Matt Stratman," 11 June 2018 Less than 24 hours after starting an impromptu pickup game in Bay View, Jabari Parker could be making his way out of Milwaukee. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jabari Parker nearing offer sheet deal with Chicago Bulls," 13 July 2018 For more than an hour, the transatlantic alliance was caught in the chaos of Trump’s making — until the president called an impromptu news conference to announce that everything, in fact, was just fine. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Williams, a manager at East Atlanta Motorcycles on Memorial Drive, said a group called Atlanta Bike Life organizes impromptu rides, often on the weekends. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Police, troopers crack down on dirt bikes, ATVs on Atlanta streets," 12 July 2018 The songs are deceptively philosophical, but their vibe is closer to an impromptu series of celebratory musical interactions between Eady and his touring band. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Jason Eady is a happy man, and one of country music’s unheralded talents," 11 July 2018 The subsequent evening gown competition showed off the young women in elegant dresses but also challenged them to answer impromptu questions. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Megan Kelly crowned 2018 Miss Ramona," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of impromptu

Noun

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for impromptu

Noun

French, from impromptu extemporaneously, from Latin in promptu in readiness

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The first known use of impromptu was in 1683

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More Definitions for impromptu

impromptu

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impromptu

: not prepared ahead of time : made or done without preparation

impromptu

adjective
im·promp·tu | \im-ˈprämp-tü, -tyü\

Kids Definition of impromptu

: not prepared ahead of time : made or done without preparation an impromptu speech

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