[ im-promp-too, -tyoo ]
/ ɪmˈprɒmp tu, -tyu /


made or done without previous preparation: an impromptu address to the unexpected crowds.
suddenly or hastily prepared, made, etc.: an impromptu dinner.
improvised; having the character of an improvisation.


without preparation: verses written impromptu.


something impromptu; an impromptu speech, musical composition, performance, etc.
a character piece for piano common in the 19th century and having, despite its title, a clear-cut form.

Origin of impromptu

1660–70; < French < Latin in promptū in readiness; see in, prompt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for impromptu

/ (ɪmˈprɒmptjuː) /


unrehearsed; spontaneous; extempore
produced or done without care or planning; improvised


in a spontaneous or improvised wayhe spoke impromptu


something that is impromptu
a short piece of instrumental music, sometimes improvisatory in character

Word Origin for impromptu

C17: from French, from Latin in promptū in readiness, from promptus (adj) ready, prompt
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