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Pronunciation:  im'purtnunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  improperly forward or bold; "don't be fresh with me"; "impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup"; "an impudent boy given to insulting strangers"
  2. [adj]  not pertinent to the matter under consideration; "an issue extraneous to the debate"; "the price was immaterial"; "mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"
  3. [adj]  characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality; "a certain irreverent gaiety and ease of manner"

IMPERTINENT is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: extraneous, forward, fresh, immaterial, impudent, irrelevant, irreverent, overbold, pert, sassy, saucy, smart, spirited



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*per"ti*nent\, a. [F., fr. L. impertinens,
    -entis; pref. im- not + pertinens. See {Pertinent}.]
    1. Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand;
       having no bearing on the subject; not to the point;
       irrelevant; inapplicable.
             Things that are impertinent to us.    --Tillotson.
             How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    2. Contrary to, or offending against, the rules of propriety
       or good breeding; guilty of, or prone to, rude,
       unbecoming, or uncivil words or actions; as, an impertient
       coxcomb; an impertient remark.
    3. Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.
    Syn: Rude; officious; intrusive; saucy; unmannerly;
         meddlesome; disrespectful; impudent; insolent.
    Usage: {Impertinent}, {Officious}, {Rude}. A person is
           officious who obtrudes his offices or assistance where
           they are not needed; he is impertinent when he
           intermeddles in things with which he has no concern.
           The former shows a want of tact, the latter a want of
           breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer
           impudence. A person is rude when he violates the
           proprieties of social life either from ignorance or
           wantonness. ``An impertinent man will ask questions
           for the mere grafication of curiosity; a rude man will
           burst into the room of another, or push against his
           person, inviolant of all decorum; one who is officious
           is quite as unfortunate as he is troublesome; when he
           strives to serve, he has the misfortune to annoy.''
           --Crabb. See {Impudence}, and {Insolent}.
  2. \Im*per"ti*nent\, n.
    An impertinent person. [R.]
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