[ ik-stem-puh-ree ]
/ ɪkˈstɛm pə ri /


on the spur of the moment; without premeditation or preparation; offhand: Questions were asked extempore from the floor.
without notes: to speak extempore.
(of musical performance) by improvisation.


extemporaneous; impromptu.

Origin of extempore

1545–55; < Latin: literally, out of the time, at the moment, equivalent to ex out of (see ex-1) + tempore the time (ablative singular of tempus)

Related forms

non·ex·tem·po·re, adverb, adjective
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/ (ɪkˈstɛmpərɪ) /

adverb, adjective

without planning or preparation; impromptu

Word Origin for extempore

C16: from Latin ex tempore instantaneously, from ex- 1 out of + tempus time
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