Impertinent
Impertinent Im*per"ti*nent, a. [F., fr. L. impertinens, -entis; pref. im- not + pertinens. See {Pertinent}.] 1. Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand; having no bearing on the subject; not to the point; irrelevant; inapplicable. [1913 Webster]

Things that are impertinent to us. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

How impertinent that grief was which served no end! --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Contrary to, or offending against, the rules of propriety or good breeding; guilty of, or prone to, rude, unbecoming, or uncivil words or actions; as, an impertient coxcomb; an impertient remark. [1913 Webster]

3. Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.

Syn: Rude; officious; intrusive; saucy; unmannerly; meddlesome; disrespectful; impudent; insolent.

Usage: {Impertinent}, {Officious}, {Rude}. A person is officious who obtrudes his offices or assistance where they are not needed; he is impertinent when he intermeddles in things with which he has no concern. The former shows a lack of tact, the latter a lack of breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer impudence. A person is rude when he violates the proprieties of social life either from ignorance or wantonness. ``An impertinent man will ask questions for the mere gratification of curiosity; a rude man will burst into the room of another, or push against his person, inviolant of all decorum; one who is officious is quite as unfortunate as he is troublesome; when he strives to serve, he has the misfortune to annoy.'' --Crabb. See {Impudence}, and {Insolent}. [1913 Webster]


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  • impertinent — impertinent, ente [ ɛ̃pɛrtinɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XIVe; bas lat. impertinens « qui ne convient pas » 1 ♦ Vx Qui n est pas pertinent; qui est contre la raison, le bon sens. 2 ♦ (XVIe) Vx Qui agit ou parle mal à propos, sottement. 3 ♦ Vieilli Qui joint… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • impertinent — impertinent, ente (im pèr ti nan, nan t ) adj. 1°   Qui ne touche pas, ne se rapporte pas à ce dont il s agit. •   Ces raisons là, très impertinentes pour supprimer un mot, ne laissent pas d en empêcher l usage, VAUGEL. Rem. t. I, p. 94, dans… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • impertinent — IMPERTINÉNT, Ă, impertinenţi, te, adj., s.m. şi f. (Om) obraznic. – Din fr. impertinent, lat. impertinens, ntis. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Impertinent ≠ politicos, tacticos Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa: Antonime … …   Dicționar Român

  • impertinent — Adj unverschämt per. Wortschatz fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. impertinent, dieses aus l. impertinēns ungehörig, unpassend , zu l. pertinēre zu etwas gehören, sich beziehen auf, sich erstrecken und negierendem l.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • impertinent — impertinent, officious, meddlesome, intrusive, obtrusiveare applied to persons and their acts and utterances and mean exceeding or tending to exceed the bounds of propriety regarding the interposition of oneself in another person s affairs.… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impertinent — Impertinent, [impertin]ente. adjectif. Qui parle ou qui agit contre la raison, contre la discretion, contre la bien seance. C est l homme du monde le plus impertinent. il est bien impertinent d avoir dit cela. Il se dit aussi, Des actions, des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • impertinent — I (insolent) adjective abusive, arrogant, assuming, audacious, bellicose, bold, brash, brazen, cavalier, churlish, coarse, contempt, contemptuous, contumacious, contumelious, defiant, derisive, discourteous, disdainful, disrespectful, flippant,… …   Law dictionary

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  • impertinent — (adj.) late 14c., unconnected, unrelated, not to the point, from O.Fr. impertinent (14c.) or directly from L.L. impertinentem (nom. impertinens) not belonging, lit. not to the point, from assimilated form of L. in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in …   Etymology dictionary

  • impertinent — [im pʉrt′ n ənt] adj. [OFr < LL impertinens] 1. not pertinent; having no connection with a given matter; irrelevant 2. not showing proper respect or manners; saucy; insolent; impudent 3. Rare not suitable to the circumstances; inappropriate… …   English World dictionary

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