adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin impertinent-, impertinens, from Latin in- + pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre to pertain Date: 14th century 1. not pertinent ; irrelevant 2. a. not restrained within due or proper bounds especially of propriety or good taste <
impertinent curiosity
b. given to or characterized by insolent rudeness <
an impertinent answer
impertinently adverb Synonyms: impertinent, officious, meddlesome, intrusive, obtrusive mean given to thrusting oneself into the affairs of others. impertinent implies exceeding the bounds of propriety in showing interest or curiosity or in offering advice <
resented their impertinent interference
. officious implies the offering of services or attentions that are unwelcome or annoying <
officious friends made the job harder
. meddlesome stresses an annoying and usually prying interference in others' affairs <
a meddlesome landlord
. intrusive implies a tactless or otherwise objectionable thrusting into others' affairs <
tried to be helpful without being intrusive
. obtrusive stresses improper or offensive conspicuousness of interfering actions <
expressed an obtrusive concern for his safety

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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