Definition of extempore in English:


adjective & adverb

  • Spoken or done without preparation:

    [as adjective] ‘extempore public speaking’
    [as adverb] ‘he recited the poem extempore’
    • ‘Both have appeals that transcend party loyalty, and both are brilliant extempore speakers who, at their best, hardly sound like politicians at all.’
    • ‘Throughout, John and his giant puppets kept the audience involved, giving the street play an extempore feel.’
    • ‘Some of them knew how to cast a spell on their audience by delivering a speech extempore.’
    • ‘From a reader of speeches, she started speaking extempore.’
    • ‘Like politicians, almost everything they said was designed to enhance their public image while appearing extempore and sincere.’
    • ‘First up were the talents of the award-winning extempore duo and they dazzled the crowd with their improvisational skills and stinging repartee.’
    • ‘The students were later given extempore topics for presentation.’
    • ‘She was quite prepared to speak extempore for an hour, when well in her seventies.’
    • ‘In any event, it was a bravura performance, a long extempore speech, apparently pulled out of thin air.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister seemed to be in a very enthusiastic and positive mood as he spoke extempore for about 20 minutes.’
    • ‘Their worship is spontaneous, with emphasis on extempore prayer, believer's baptism, and the Lord's supper.’
    • ‘Thus from the same date or a little later we find ‘voluntary’ used for any extempore performance on any instrument.’
    • ‘Every Thursday, the school organises competitions in areas such as recitation, extempore speech, quiz, map pointing, declamation and prepared talk.’
    • ‘This is followed by a one-minute extempore speech on a topic given by the company.’
    • ‘The practice generally is - apart, perhaps, from the extempore decisions in the Magistrates' Courts - for judges to impose sentences which are reasoned and reasonable.’
    • ‘Was language invented extempore, or gradually developed from grunts and screeches?’
    • ‘‘Most of the teachers congratulated me, as they considered it one of the best extempore presentations,’ he discloses.’
    • ‘This wasn't like a proper impromptu presentation - this looked unrehearsed, extempore.’
    • ‘The original kayak, though, was an amazing piece of extempore engineering.’
    • ‘Their extempore skills, general knowledge and other talents were brushed up to match the level of other participants.’
    spontaneously, extemporaneously, ad lib
    on the spot, unpremeditatedly, without preparation, without rehearsal, without planning
    ad libitum
    impromptu, spontaneous, unscripted, ad lib
    on-the-spot, extemporary, extemporaneous
    improvised, improvisatory, unrehearsed, unplanned, unprepared, unarranged, unpremeditated
    makeshift, thrown together, cobbled together, rough and ready
    ad libitum
    off-the-cuff, spur-of-the-moment, off the top of one's head
    off the cuff, on the spur of the moment, off the top of one's head, just like that, at the drop of a hat
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Mid 16th century: from Latin ex tempore on the spur of the moment (literally out of the time).