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[im-pyuh-duh nt] /ˈɪm pyə dənt/
of, relating to, or characterized by impertinence or effrontery:
The student was kept late for impudent behavior.
Obsolete. shameless or brazenly immodest.
Origin of impudent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impudent- (stem of impudēns) shameless, equivalent to im- im-2 + pud- (base of pudēre to feel shame; cf. pudendum) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
Can be confused
imprudent, impudent.
1. insulting, rude; saucy, pert; presumptuous, fresh, brazen. See impertinent.
1. courteous. Unabridged
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  • They are at the same time modest and impudent, attack and careful retreat.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • On her lips was a smile, impudent, provocative, extremely attractive.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • See our Memorial-Introduction for an impudent appropriation of this epigram.

  • He didn't mean to harm me; but he was impudent and insulting.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • The impudent, four-footed fisher never went hunting again in her water-hole.

  • Very likely it is impudent for me to see and hear what I ought not to see and hear.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • Mr. Cherry's awfully nice and good, but you know what I mean—somebody handsome, and big, and impudent.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
  • The boys asked the man in the pillory all manner of impudent questions.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
British Dictionary definitions for impudent


mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
an obsolete word for immodest
Derived Forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for impudent

late 14c., from Latin impudentem (nominative impudens) "without shame, shameless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pudens "ashamed, modest," present participle of pudere "to cause shame" (see pudendum). Related: Impudently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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