impertinent[im pʉrt′'n ənt]
- An example of impertinent behavior is interrupting when someone else is talking.
- An example of impertinent is the mention of how much a person earns when a group is discussing the next steps of a project.
- not pertinent; having no connection with a given matter; irrelevant
- not showing proper respect or manners; saucy; insolent; impudent
- Rare not suitable to the circumstances; inappropriate
Origin of impertinentOld French ; from Late Latin impertinens
- Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold: scolded the impertinent child for talking rudely.
- Not pertinent: See Synonyms at irrelevant.
Origin of impertinentMiddle English, irrelevant, from Old French, from Late Latin impertinēns, impertinent- : Latin in-, not; see in–1 + Latin pertinēns, pertinent; see pertinent.
(comparative more impertinent, superlative most impertinent)
Although, historically, definition 2 was the original (derived from the French below) usage; meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently general usage has come to, once again, incorporate definition 2. As many older speakers will consider definition 2 incorrect, avoiding the word altogether may be advisable. The construction "not pertinent" is one possible alternative.
- An impertinent individual.
From Old French impertinent