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.
  2. irrelevant, useless.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of being Religious
      Curious speculations, and the contemplation of things that are impertinent to us, and do not concern us, nor serve to promote our happiness, are but a more specious and ingenious sort of idleness
    • 1651, Jer[emy] Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living. [], 2nd edition, London: [] Francis Ashe [], OCLC 1203220866:
      How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
    Antonyms: pertinent, relevant

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although definition 2 was the original meaning (derived from the French), the meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently, general usage has come to once again incorporate definition 2, though older speakers may 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.
    • 1809-1812, Maria Edgeworth, "Manoeuvring", in Tales of Fashionable Life
      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]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Late Latin impertinens. Morphologically, from in- +‎ pertinent.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impertinent (strong nominative masculine singular impertinenter, comparative impertinenter, superlative am impertinentesten)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French impertinent, from Latin impertinens.

Adjective[edit]

impertinent m or n (feminine singular impertinentă, masculine plural impertinenți, feminine and neuter plural impertinente)

  1. impertinent

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