- The definition of impetuous is something that moves with a lot of force or done with little thought.
- An example of impetuous is a bulldozer.
- An example of impetuous is a person jumping onto a moving train.
- moving with great force or violence; having great impetus; rushing; furious: impetuous winds
- acting or done suddenly with little thought; rash; impulsive
Origin of impetuousMiddle English impetuouse ; from Old French impetueuse ; from Classical Latin impetuosus ; from impetus: see impetus
- Acting or done quickly with little or inadequate thought.
- Having or marked by violent force: impetuous, heaving waves.
Origin of impetuousMiddle English, violent, from Old French impetueux, from Late Latin impetuōsus, from Latin impetus, impetus; see impetus.
(comparative more impetuous, superlative most impetuous)
- Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
- Characterized by sudden and violent force.