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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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Historical Examples

  • The fellow was unexpectedly vulgar, heavy, and impudently unintelligent.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He halted in his strides, and looked over his shoulder, impudently.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Impudently she strove to emulate his coolness, but did not completely succeed.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • They have come down to us from what we impudently call the lower animals.

  • He was impudently cringing to us and systematically insolent to the officers.

British Dictionary definitions for impudently


  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 impudently



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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