- intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil: a brash, impertinent youth.
- not pertinent or relevant; irrelevant: an impertinent detail.
- Archaic. inappropriate, incongruous, or absurd.
- Obsolete. (of persons) trivial, silly, or absurd.
Origin of impertinent
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Examples from the Web for impertinent
Well, nothing except hard feelings from impertinent comments made by bewigged egocentrics with fiery tempers.James Madison’s Lesson in Delayed Great-ification
July 4, 2014
Yes, Paul brought it up in a way that was impertinent and likely a political ploy.Stop Slut-Shaming Monica Lewinsky!
May 7, 2014
In fact, a few seconds after the impertinent question was asked, William handed the child back to its parents.Is Kate Pregnant? William and Kate Amp Up the Baby Speculation
April 27, 2012
We celebrated by getting the editor and founder, Tina Brown, to answer some impertinent questions.The Daily Beast Turns 2!
October 5, 2010
Would it be impertinent of me to offer some advice to you and your readers?Dear Tina, Try Riding The Subway
January 13, 2009
"None of your impertinent insinuations, you young rascal," said Mr. Davis, hotly.
He gave me some impertinent advice, and, because I did not care to take it, he struck me.
We could have done very well without your impertinent opera.The Imaginary Invalid
At all events such a dream is much better than to steal sugar and to be impertinent.The Dream
Impertinent curiosity, by the way, we rarely meet with in France.In the Heart of Vosges
- rude; insolent; impudent
- irrelevant or inappropriate
Word Origin and History for impertinent
late 14c., "unconnected, unrelated, not to the point," from Old French impertinent (14c.) or directly from Late Latin impertinentem (nominative impertinens) "not belonging," literally "not to the point," from assimilated form of Latin in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pertinens (see pertinent). Sense of "rudely bold" is 1680s, from earlier sense of "not appropriate to the situation," probably modeled on similar use in French, especially by Molière, from notion of meddling with what is beyond one's proper sphere.