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Definition rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected

Much more rarely, "impertinent" may mean:  not pertinent (relevant) to the matter under consideration.
  • It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
  • He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • I like him on the whole very well; he is clever and has a good deal to say, but he is sometimes impertinent and troublesome.
    Austen, Jane  --  Lady Susan
  • mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point
  • He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Arrest this impertinent little creep right now.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
  • "Don't be impertinent," said the King, "and don't look at me like that!"
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • impertinent = rude or improperly bold
  • "You are a very naughty and impertinent little boy," said Uncle Andrew.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • impertinent = rude or improperly bold
  • "It is full time that boy went to herding," said the head-man, while Buldeo puffed and snorted at Mowgli's impertinence.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • impertinence = rudeness or improper boldness
  • I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • impertinence = rudeness or improper boldness
  • What impertinence!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • impertinence = rude or improperly bold behavior
  • And dressed like a woman of the people, she went to the fruiterer, the grocer, the butcher, a basket on her arm, bargaining, meeting with impertinence, defending her miserable money, sou by sou.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • impertinence = rudeness or improper boldness
  • This is hardly the place or the time for impertinence.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The touch of some hands is an impertinence.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I was saucy and impertinent to him, Leo, like you are with people sometimes, and I wish somebody had made me behave.'
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Before I had time to deal with that, however, he continued as if with the sense that this was an impertinence to be softened.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • But several facts passed; Charles pressed for them with an impertinence that the undergraduate could not withstand.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 'Perhaps,' observed Traddles, 'it was mere purposeless impertinence?'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She had asked him to call her Bess, even, but that would have felt impertinent; she had to be in her forties.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Then, after a moment, Dahwar said, "Please excuse my impertinence, sir, for I am ignorant of the ways of the Riders, but are you not human?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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