- insolent, ill-mannered
- things that are impertinent to us
- Jeremy Taylor
- How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
- irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)
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.
- See also Wikisaurus:cheeky
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