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Definition of "impertinent" []

  • Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold: impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup. (adjective)
  • Not pertinent; irrelevant. See Synonyms at irrelevant. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impertinent" in a sentence
  • "Belfield, with great indignation, demanded what he meant by the term impertinent fellow; and Sir Robert yet more insolently repeated it:"
  • "Elinor gently remonstrated with him on the meanness and absurdity of such conduct; but he silenced what he termed her impertinent interference in matters which did not concern her."
  • "The word impertinent has appeared in 12 New York Times articles in the past year, including on May 4 in "Hermès Is Selling Its Stake in Gaultier's Fashion House," by Suzy Menkes and David Jolly:"