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
Recent Examples of impudent from the Web
Like the Street Art Museum itself, the piece also offers a scrappy, impudent challenge to the authority of Russia’s oldest cultural institutions.
The movie franchise spun off from Ian Fleming’s novels about a British spook who was impudent and resourceful, a wizard with women and weaponry, and impeccably dressed but capable of back-alley brutishness.
The lithe, impudent Dutch teenager that went on to win eight Eredivisie titles and change football forever.
The overt signs of privilege were the black Mercedes and impudent swagger of an oil baron.
As with contemporaneous punk music, sheer nerve rocketed impudent twenty-somethings to stardom on New York’s downtown scene.
Geoffrey Rush plays Einstein as a scholarly older man, Johnny Flynn as a more impudent younger one.
The impudent glee of Gorsuch’s supporters may account for the leaden feeling that assails me as the first Monday in October, which opens the Supreme Court’s 2017-28 term, bears down upon us.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impudent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of impudent
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsarch, audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, cheeky, cocksure, cocky, fresh, impertinent, nervy, insolent, sassy, saucy, wise
Antonymsmeek, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid
Related Wordsassertive, forward, obtrusive; audacious, defiant, disrespectful; shameless, unabashed, unblushing; bluff, blunt, curt; cute, facetious, flip, flippant, pert, smart, smart-aleck, smart-alecky; lippy, mouthy
Near Antonymsdemure, humble, modest; courteous, genteel, mannerly, polite, proper; deferential, respectful; abashed, ashamed, blushing, embarrassed, shamefaced; gentle, mild; inconspicuous, unobtrusive
IMPUDENT Defined for English Language Learners
IMPUDENT Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up impudent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).