impertinent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French impertinent.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪm.ˈpɜː.tɪ.nənt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪm.ˈpɝ.tɨ.nənt/
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Adjective[edit]

impertinent (comparative more impertinent, superlative most impertinent)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered
    • (Can we date this quote by Tillotson and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      things that are impertinent to us
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
  2. irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although historically, definition 2 was the original meaning (derived from the French below), the meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently general usage has come to once again incorporate definition 2. Many older speakers will consider definition 2 incorrect. The construction "not pertinent" is one possible alternative.

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Noun[edit]

impertinent (plural impertinents)

  1. An impertinent individual.
    • (Can we date this quote by Maria Edgeworth and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      comfortably recessed from curious impertinents

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impertinent (comparative impertinenter, superlative impertinentst)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of impertinent
uninflected impertinent
inflected impertinente
comparative impertinenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial impertinent impertinenter het impertinentst
het impertinentste
indefinite m./f. sing. impertinente impertinentere impertinentste
n. sing. impertinent impertinenter impertinentste
plural impertinente impertinentere impertinentste
definite impertinente impertinentere impertinentste
partitive impertinents impertinenters

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impertinent (feminine singular impertinente, masculine plural impertinents, feminine plural impertinentes)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impertinent (comparative impertinenter, superlative am impertinentesten)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

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