- The definition of extemporaneous is something done or spoken with little or no preparation.
An example of extemporaneous is "extemporaneous acting," when an actor practices their lines only once before a performance.
- made, done, or spoken without any preparation; unpremeditated; offhand: an extemporaneous speech
- spoken with some preparation but not written out or memorized
- speaking or adept at speaking without preparation
- made for the occasion; improvised
Origin of extemporaneousLate Latin extemporaneus: see extempore
- Carried out or performed with little or no preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous piano recital.
- Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: an extemporaneous speech.
- Skilled at or given to unrehearsed speech or performance: an accomplished extemporaneous speaker.
- Provided, made, or adapted as an expedient; makeshift: an extemporaneous policy decision.
Origin of extemporaneousFrom Late Latin extemporāneus, from Latin ex tempore; see extempore.
(comparative more extemporaneous, superlative most extemporaneous)