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impertinent | impertinently | impertinence

impertinent impertinence
disrespectful or rude
  • How to Memorize
    • impertinent - cheeky
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsgracious, courteous, refined,
  • Example(s)
    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.