Definition of impudent in English:

impudent

adjective

  • Not showing due respect for another person; impertinent.

    ‘he could have strangled this impudent upstart’
    • ‘It may have sounded somewhat impudent, particularly in my sullen tone of voice.’
    • ‘Hardcastle had found him impudent because the man, Marlow, had treated him like a servant (someone else had told Marlow that the house was an inn, and so he thought Hardcastle was the innkeeper).’
    • ‘It used to be that if there was an over-the-top comedian who said impudent things that outraged stuffed-shirt reactionaries, they would always be coming from the left.’
    • ‘‘Oh, yes we will,’ Jacob said with an impudent grin.’
    • ‘My problem is not with the fact that people do not know what it is, my problem is with the currently impudent attitude towards that which is unfamiliar and the reluctance to admit to ignorance.’
    • ‘He let out an amused, mocking grin, took out another impudent puff of smoke, then replied, ‘It's not written in the school handbook.’’
    • ‘‘I'd call you an idiot, but it would be an insult to stupid people,’ Lon retorted with an impudent grin.’
    • ‘At first he doesn't care for her impudent suggestion, but then he realises that she might actually be onto something.’
    • ‘It is to the opposition leader's credit that he did not eviscerate the impudent youth on the spot.’
    • ‘‘Do not be impudent,’ the elders said, still speaking as one.’
    • ‘True, it was innovative and his talent unquestionable; but still there was a feeling among many that such a fresh and impudent style may be better employed elsewhere.’
    • ‘‘I think this is an arrogant, impudent and immoral act,’ Sneh said.’
    • ‘I must destroy those impudent toddlers, and this time, I won't leave their fate in the hands of an incompetent, backstabbing crow!’
    • ‘‘Oh, you impudent child,’ Mrs. Hastings muttered through clenched teeth.’
    • ‘The impudent fellow has also angered his wife who sits nearby suckling their child.’
    • ‘His thoughts are blatantly impudent to say the least.’
    • ‘Sundarar, on the other hand, is impudent, and addresses the Lord with pert familiarity.’
    • ‘Does this impudent, dishonourable journalist think he is the equal of Tolstoy, physically, intellectually, artistically, or morally?’
    • ‘De Sica's fifth film was not a financial success, however, and its negative reception was in part engineered by those who saw it as an impudent criticism of Italian morality.’
    • ‘I glared at her, not caring if she thought me rude or impudent.’
    impertinent, insolent, cheeky, audacious, brazen, shameless, immodest, pert
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘immodest, indelicate’): from Latin impudent-, from in- ‘not’ + pudent- ‘ashamed, modest’ (from pudere ‘be ashamed’).

Pronunciation

impudent

/ˈɪmpjʊd(ə)nt/