- 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 impertinently
I dig out strings of beads so impertinently large that they could never have been spat from the mere entrails of an oyster.The Politics of Michelle Obama's Hair
Patricia J. Williams
October 9, 2008
I intend to be inquisitorial, as the committee say they are,--but not impertinently so.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Never afterwards did they venture to look at her impertinently.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
The man smiled knowingly, so it seemed to Roddy, impertinently.The White Mice
Richard Harding Davis
The man held his ground, not impertinently, but with steadiness.Salem Chapel, v. 2/2
He excused himself and thought that he had not spoken so impertinently.The Red Lily, Complete
- rude; insolent; impudent
- irrelevant or inappropriate
Word Origin and History for impertinently
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.