impertinent | impertinently | impertinence

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

disrespectful or rude

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impertinent - cheeky

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If you are ‘impertinent’ you are being rude, but not necessarily in a nasty way. It expresses behavior that is more innocently inappropriate rather than deliberately cruel. The word is also frequently used to describe light-hearted cheekiness directed at somebody in a position of authority, such as a boss or teacher.

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Synonyms
Antonyms gracious,courteous,refined

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  1. Brian was my most difficult student. He was always asking impertinent questions in class.

  2. I hope Anne didn’t think I was being impertinent by asking her about her private life. I was just making conversation.

  3. Only Alex could get away with such impertinence. The boss finds him hilarious.

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