- The definition of impertinent is someone or something who is rude, disrespectful or does or says something that does not relate to the current conversation.
- 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: OFr from Late Latin impertinens
- impertinently adverb
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- Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold: impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup.
- Not pertinent; irrelevant. See Synonyms at irrelevant.
Origin: Middle English, irrelevant, from Old French, from Late Latin impertinēns, impertinent- : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin pertinēns, pertinent; see pertinent.
- im·perˈti·nent·ly adverb