- disrespectful behaviour or language; rudeness; insolence
- an impertinent act, gesture, etc
- rare lack of pertinence; irrelevance; inappropriateness
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- unmannerly intrusion or presumption;
- impertinent quality or action.
- something impertinent, as an act or statement.
- an impertinent person.
- irrelevance, inappropriateness, or absurdity.
- impertin(ency) + -ence 1595–1605
disrespectful:an impertinent reply.
im•per•ti•nent•ly, adv. See -ten-.
- intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions;
uncivil:a brash, impertinent youth.
- not pertinent or relevant;
irrelevant:an impertinent detail.
- [Archaic.]inappropriate, incongruous, or absurd.
- [Obs.](of persons) trivial, silly, or absurd.
- Late Latin impertinent- (stem of impertinēns) not belonging. See im-2, pertinent
- Middle English 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fresh, bold, insulting, officious, saucy, pert, brazen. Impertinent, impudent, insolent refer to bold, rude, and arrogant behavior. Impertinent, from its primary meaning of not pertinent and hence inappropriate or out of place, has come to imply often an unseemly intrusion into what does not concern one, or a presumptuous rudeness toward one entitled to deference or respect:an impertinent interruption, question, manner toward a teacher.Impudent suggests a bold and shameless impertinence:an impudent speech, young rascal.Insolent suggests insulting or arrogantly contemptuous behavior:unbearably insolent toward those in authority.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged polite.