impudent

[im-pyuh-duhnt]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by impertinence or effrontery: The student was kept late for impudent behavior.
  2. 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 formsim·pu·dent·ly, adverbim·pu·dent·ness, noun
Can be confusedimprudent impudent

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Related Words for impudently

pertly, impertinently, rudely, brashly, insolently, presumptuously

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British Dictionary definitions for impudently

impudent

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

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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