impetuous

  • 1 Impetuous — Im*pet u*ous, a. [F. impetueux, L. impetuosus. See {Impetus}.] 1. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent. [1913 Webster] Went pouring forward with impetuous… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Impetuous — may refer to:* Impetuous Theater Group, a theatre company * USS Impetuous (PYc 46), a United States Navy patrol boat …

    Wikipedia

  • 3 impetuous — (adj.) late 14c., hot tempered, fierce, from O.Fr. impetuos (13c.) and directly from L.L. impetuosus impetuous, violent, from L. impetus attack (see IMPETUS (Cf. impetus)). Related: Impetuously; impetuousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 impetuous — [im pech′o͞o əs] adj. [ME impetuouse < OFr impetueuse < L impetuosus < impetus: see IMPETUS] 1. moving with great force or violence; having great impetus; rushing; furious [impetuous winds] 2. acting or done suddenly with little thought; …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 impetuous — I adjective capricious, careless, dashing, disordered, emotional, excitable, fervid, hasty, heedless, impatient, impressionable, impulsive incautious, intense, mercurial, precipitate, quick, rash, reckless, slapdash, spontaneous, stormy,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 impetuous — headlong, *precipitate, abrupt, hasty, sudden Analogous words: impulsive, *spontaneous: vehement, intense, violent: forceful, forcible, *powerful: violent (see corresponding noun at FORCE): impatient, restive: impassioned, passionate, fervid,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 impetuous — [adj] acting without thinking abrupt, ardent, eager, fervid, fierce, furious, going off deep end*, hasty, headlong, hurried, impassioned, impulsive, passionate, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous, rash, restive, rushing, spontaneous, spur of… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 impetuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) acting or done quickly and rashly. 2) moving forcefully or rapidly. DERIVATIVES impetuosity noun impetuously adverb impetuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin impetuosus, from impetere to attack …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 impetuous — impetuously, adv. impetuousness, n. /im pech ooh euhs/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive: an impetuous decision; an impetuous person. 2. having great impetus; moving with great force;… …

    Universalium

  • 10 impetuous — im•pet•u•ous [[t]ɪmˈpɛtʃ u əs[/t]] adj. 1) of, pertaining to, or characterized by sudden or rash action or emotion 2) moving with great force; violent: impetuous winds[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < AF < LL impetuōsus= L impetu(s)… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 impetuous — adj. impetuous to + inf. (it was impetuous of her to do that) * * * [ɪm petʃʊəs] impetuous to + inf. (it was impetuous of her to do that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 impetuous — im|pet|u|ous [ ım petʃuəs ] adjective someone who is impetuous does things quickly without thinking about what will happen as a result: RASH: an impetuous young man a. done quickly, without thinking about what the effects will be: an impetuous… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 impetuous — [[t]ɪmpe̱tʃuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as impetuous, you mean that they are likely to act quickly and suddenly without thinking or being careful. He was young and impetuous... He tended to react in a heated and impetuous way. Syn …

    English dictionary

  • 14 impetuous — UK [ɪmˈpetʃuəs] / US adjective a) someone who is impetuous does things quickly without thinking about what will happen as a result an impetuous young man b) done quickly, without thinking about what the effects will be an impetuous decision… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 impetuous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Late Latin impetuosus, from Latin impetus Date: 14th century 1. marked by impulsive vehemence or passion < an impetuous temperament > 2. marked by force and violence of movement or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 impetuous — adjective /imˈpɛtʃuəs/ a) Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner. But it was natural, that the impetuous, restless young artist should incline more to excess of strength than of delicacy in his playing. b)… …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 impetuous — im|pet|u|ous [ımˈpetʃuəs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: impétueux, from Late Latin impetuosus, from Latin impetus; IMPETUS] tending to do things very quickly, without thinking carefully first, or showing this quality = ↑impulsive ▪ He… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 impetuous — adjective 1) an impetuous decision Syn: impulsive, rash, hasty, overhasty, reckless, heedless, careless, foolhardy, bullheaded, headstrong, incautious, imprudent, injudicious, ill considered, unthought out; spontaneous, impr …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 impetuous — /ɪmˈpɛtʃuəs / (say im pechoohuhs) adjective 1. acting with or characterised by a sudden or rash energy: an impetuous girl. 2. having great impetus; moving with great force; violent: the impetuous winds. {Middle English, from Late Latin impetuōsus …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 impetuous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. impulsive, rash, headlong; rushing, unrestrainable. See excitability, rashness, violence, feeling, haste. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. impulsive, hasty, precipitate, sudden; see careless 1 ,… …

    English dictionary for students