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- (Canada) IPA(key): /əksˌtɛmpɚˈeɪni.əs/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɛksˌtɛm.pɜː(ɹ)ˈeɪn.i.əs/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪniəs
- With inadequate preparation or without advance thought; offhand.
- 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, New York: Miller, Orton and Mulligan:
- My speeches in Great Britain were wholly extemporaneous, and I may not always have been so guarded in my expressions, as I otherwise should have been. I was ten years younger then than now, and only seven years from slavery.
- 1920 April, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, “Young Irony”, in This Side of Paradise, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 249911691, book II (The Education of a Personage), page 241:
- “Who the devil is there in Ramilly County,” muttered Amory aloud, “who would deliver Verlaine in an extemporaneous tune to a soaking haystack?”