[ im-pyuh-duhnt ]
/ ˈɪm pyə dənt /


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

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 forms

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

Can be confused

imprudent impudent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impudent


/ (ˈɪmpjʊdənt) /


mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
an obsolete word for immodest

Derived Forms

impudently, adverbimpudentness, noun
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