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.
- im·per·ti·nent·ly, adverb
- im·per·ti·nent·ness, noun
- un·im·per·ti·nent, adjective
- un·im·per·ti·nent·ly, adverb
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How to use impertinent in a sentence
Well, nothing except hard feelings from impertinent comments made by bewigged egocentrics with fiery tempers.
Edmund is now 4, and is a giggly, sociable, nosy, occasionally impertinent boy.
Yes, Paul brought it up in a way that was impertinent and likely a political ploy.
But uncomfortable —and arguably impertinent—questions are now fair game.French President François Hollande Slams Affair Allegations | Tracy McNicoll | January 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, I think it's rather impertinent of you to raise the question, don't you?
Of course, she should not have minded so keenly the foolish talk of an impertinent and unkind girl.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
As you will see, I was unable to end my letter without a touch of impertinent irony, which proved how much in love I still was.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
He delivered to the Secretary of State a note abusive and impertinent beyond all example and all endurance.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
They are as impertinent as those people who stop you only to bore you; but the former are perhaps less irksome.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
She was a little impertinent, the Duchess thought, decidedly aggressive, and not witty enough to carry it off.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for impertinent
rude; insolent; impudent
irrelevant or inappropriate
- impertinently, adverb
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