A Word A Day : Impudent

Thursday, 17th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ímpye-d'nt


1. showing a lack of respect and excessive boldness

2. marked by casual disrespect

3. improperly forward or bold

4. characterized by impertinence or effrontery


14th century - Latin impudent - pudent - ashamed - present participle of pudere - feel ashamed


bold, brazen, impertinent, sassy, insolent, rude, disrespectful, impolite, presumptuous, ill-mannered, mouthy, cheeky, assuming, assumptive, audacious, boldfaced, brash, contumelious, familiar, forward, impertinent, malapert, nervy, overconfident, pert, presuming, pushy, saucy, smart


respectful, humble, modest, polite, respectful, retiring

Contextual Examples:

• The student was kept late for impudent behavior.

• With a foolish smile Pyotr raised his hat, with its colored band, at the window, in token of farewell. An impudent conductor slammed the door and the latch.

Related Words:

impudence : Noun

impudicity : Noun

impudently : Adverb

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