impertinent

impertinent
adjective

impertinent remarks

Syn:
rude, insolent, impolite, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, uncivil, discourteous, disrespectful; impudent, cheeky, audacious, bold, brazen, brash, presumptuous, forward; tactless, undiplomatic; informal saucy, pert, sassy, smart-alecky
Ant:
polite
••
impertinent, impudent, insolent, intrusive, meddlesome, obtrusive
All of these adjectives mean exceeding the bounds of propriety; the easiest way to distinguish impertinent from the others is to think of its root: impertinent behavior is not pertinent — in other words, it is in or out of place. The impertinent individual has a tendency to be rude or presumptuous toward those who are entitled to deference or respect (it was an impertinent question to ask a woman who had just lost her husband). The intrusive person is unduly curious about other people's affairs (her constant questions about the state of their marriage were intrusive and unwelcome), while obtrusive implies objectionable actions rather than an objectionable disposition. The obtrusive person has a tendency to thrust himself or herself into a position where he or she is conspicuous and apt to do more harm than good (they tried to keep him out of the meeting because his presence would be obtrusive). To be meddlesome is to have a prying or inquisitive nature and a tendency to interfere in an annoying way in other people's affairs (a meddlesome neighbor). Impudent and insolent are much stronger words for in behavior. Young people are often accused of being impudent, which means to be impertinent in a bold and shameless way (an impudent young man who had a lot to learn about tact). Anyone who is guilty of insulting and contemptuously arrogant behavior might be called insolent (he was so insolent to the arresting officer that he was handcuffed).

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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 — 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Impertinent — Im*per ti*nent, n. An impertinent person. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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