impudent

[ im-pyuh-duhnt ]
/ ˈɪm pyə dənt /

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by impertinence or effrontery: The student was kept late for impudent behavior.
Obsolete. shameless or brazenly immodest.

Nearby words

  1. improvvisatore,
  2. imprudence,
  3. imprudent,
  4. impsonite,
  5. impudence,
  6. impudicity,
  7. impugn,
  8. impuissant,
  9. impulse,
  10. impulse buying

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 formsim·pu·dent·ly, adverbim·pu·dent·ness, noun

Can be confusedimprudent impudent

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British Dictionary definitions for impudent

impudent

/ (ˈɪmpjʊdənt) /

adjective

mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
an obsolete word for immodest
Derived Formsimpudently, adverbimpudentness, noun

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Word Origin and History for impudent

impudent

adj.

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.

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