im·​pu·​dent ˈim-pyə-dənt How to pronounce impudent (audio)
: marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others : insolent
obsolete : lacking modesty
impudently adverb

Examples of impudent in a Sentence

As in the sixties, being young then was in itself an empowerment; writing under Harding and Coolidge was impudent fun. John Updike, New Yorker, 25 Apr. 1988
Or it was he who was bruiting it about, with his princely dark head thrown back in impudent laughter, that he was going to be king. Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984
When I refused to be the child they knew and accepted me to be, I was called impudent and my muteness sullenness. Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969
The boy was punished for his impudent behavior. the guest's impudent inquiries about the cost of just about everything we had in the house
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Word History


Middle English, from Latin impudent-, impudens, from in- + pudent-, pudens, present participle of pudēre to feel shame

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of impudent was in the 14th century

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“Impudent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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im·​pu·​dent ˈim-pyəd-ənt How to pronounce impudent (audio)
: showing scorn for or disregard of others : insolent, disrespectful
impudently adverb

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