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

cheeky, brazen, arrant, audacious, barefaced, blatant, brassy, bumptious, cocky, cool, flip, forward, fresh, immodest, impertinent, insolent, nervy, pert, presumptuous, rude

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Historical Examples of impudent

  • "You'd better not be impudent, young one," said Ben, roughly.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • What do you mean by looking me in the face in that impudent manner?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The lightness is no doubt as characteristic of Shakespeare as the impudent humour.

  • Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Besides, I thought that he did not dare to make or talk of these impudent preparations.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for impudent


  1. mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
  2. an obsolete word for immodest
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Derived Formsimpudently, adverbimpudentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impudent


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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