im·​prov | \ ˈim-ˌpräv How to pronounce improv (audio) \

Definition of improv

: of, relating to, or being improvisation and especially an improvised comedy routine

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Other Words from improv

improv noun

Examples of improv in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second City is bringing its improv classes online, led by its comedy vets in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. David Morgan, CBS News, "Performing arts online: Bringing theater to socially-distancing audiences," 30 Mar. 2020 Play an improv game over video chat, like the story-telling game. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Has coronavirus in Milwaukee canceled your child's birthday party? Here's how you can still celebrate.," 20 Mar. 2020 The two-man team makes up the material on the spot using — in classic improv style — suggestions from the audience. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Silicon Valley,' 'Parks and Rec' stars bringing live comedy show to Detroit," 4 Mar. 2020 So, when she was asked what was going on once cameras were rolling, that was her improv response. Ariana Romero,, "To All The Boys," 13 Feb. 2020 Two speakers -- poet Michelle Smith Quarles and improv performer Ali Max -- will perform, and three aspiring storytellers can sign up for the open mic portion of the show. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "19 things to do in Cleveland the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 2," 30 Jan. 2020 The Chiefs sport multiple receiving threats and the magic of Mahomes, the NFL’s premier improv performer., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 7 Dec. 2019 This year the public will be able to stroll the private studios and galleries and find out which of the visual artists are also poets, dancers, classical musicians, street improv performers and more. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Find inspiration and solutions at these home, garden and art tours," 28 Sep. 2019 So, when she was asked what was going on once cameras were rolling, that was her improv response. Ariana Romero,, "To All The Boys," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of improv

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for improv

short for improvisation

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The first known use of improv was in 1978

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15 Apr 2020

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“Improv.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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