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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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  • "But the waves will accomplish that—not your very worthy novels," said Lacy, impudently.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • "I stick by what I've jus' said, Perksie," he went on, impudently.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • It was no more than I expected that the bait should be by and by impudently deserted.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • We could hear them impudently singing: "O soldiers, won't you meet us."

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • The truth was that his long and ardent—yet somehow not impudently ardent—look at her had stirred the dust and ashes in her heart.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • The fellow was unexpectedly vulgar, heavy, and impudently unintelligent.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It is useless to observe, that all this story was impudently false.

  • Now we'll see whether you can defy me so impudently, you sly baggage!

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • They have come down to us from what we impudently call the lower animals.

  • "I wasn't born yesterday," said Dink impudently, gesturing with his spoon.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for impudently


mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
an obsolete word for immodest
Derived Forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impudently



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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