[ im-promp-too, -tyoo ]
/ ɪmˈprɒmp tu, -tyu /
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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.
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Origin of impromptu
synonym study for impromptu
1. See extemporaneous.
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How to use impromptu in a sentence
It was one of those impromptus which come too quickly to be checked.The Barrier|Allen French
What vulgarity, what pointless joking, what pitiable attempts to serve up old impromptus réchauffés!Plays, Acting and Music|Arthur Symons
It is proper to say that these lines are the joint impromptus of my sister and myself.The Works of Whittier, Volume IV (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
Then, unlike men, women do not write out their impromptus beforehand and carefully hoard them for the publisher—and posterity!The Wit of Women|Kate Sanborn
To be sure, it resumes many traits of the two preceding Impromptus, yet is it none the less fascinating music.Old Fogy|James Huneker
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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