from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold: impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup.
- adj. Not pertinent; irrelevant. See Synonyms at irrelevant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. insolent, ill-mannered
- adj. irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand; having no bearing on the subject; not to the point; irrelevant; inapplicable.
- adj. Contrary to, or offending against, the rules of propriety or good breeding; guilty of, or prone to, rude, unbecoming, or uncivil words or actions
- adj. Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.
- n. An impertinent person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand; not to the point; irrelevant; inapposite; out of place.
- Negligent of or inattentive to the matter in hand; careless; frivolous.
- Contrary to the rules of propriety or good breeding; uncivil: speaking or acting presumptuously or offensively; pragmatical; meddling: as, impertinent behavior; an impertinent boy.
- Synonyms Impertinent, Officious, saucy, impudent, insolent, rude, unmannerly, pert, bold, Impertinent means forward, intrusive, generally from curiosity, but sometimes with undesired advice, etc.; officious means forward to offer and undertake service where it is neither needed nor desired. A busybody may be either impertinent or officious, or both. See impudence.
- n. One who interferes in what does not concern him; one who is rude, uncivil, or offensive in behavior; a meddler; an intruder.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality
- adj. improperly forward or bold
- adj. not pertinent to the matter under consideration
Middle English, irrelevant, from Old French, from Late Latin impertinēns, impertinent- : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin pertinēns, pertinent; see pertinent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)