impertinent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj impertinent improperly forward or bold "don't be fresh with me","impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup","an impudent boy given to insulting strangers","Don't get wise with me!"
    • adj impertinent not pertinent to the matter under consideration "an issue extraneous to the debate","the price was immaterial","mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"
    • adj impertinent characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality "a certain irreverent gaiety and ease of manner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impertinent An impertinent person.
    • Impertinent Contrary to, or offending against, the rules of propriety or good breeding; guilty of, or prone to, rude, unbecoming, or uncivil words or actions; as, an impertient coxcomb; an impertient remark.
    • Impertinent Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand; having no bearing on the subject; not to the point; irrelevant; inapplicable. "Things that are impertinent to us.""How impertinent that grief was which served no end!"
    • Impertinent Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impertinent Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand; not to the point; irrelevant; inapposite; out of place.
    • impertinent Negligent of or inattentive to the matter in hand; careless; frivolous.
    • impertinent Contrary to the rules of propriety or good breeding; uncivil: speaking or acting presumptuously or offensively; pragmatical; meddling: as, impertinent behavior; an impertinent boy.
    • impertinent 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 impertinent One who interferes in what does not concern him; one who is rude, uncivil, or offensive in behavior; a meddler; an intruder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impertinent im-pėr′ti-nent not pertaining to the matter in hand: trifling: intrusive: saucy: impudent
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Quotations

  • John Le Carre
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    “I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity.”
  • Sinclair Lewis
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    “There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
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    “Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
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    “That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. impertinens, -entis,; pref. im-, not + pertinens,. See Pertinent

Usage

In literature:

But the more he cut and shortened it, the longer did that impertinent nose become!
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
He had got it by sheer impertinence.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Old Moll was unusually impertinent.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Frankly, Mr. Draconmeyer, I look upon this close interest in my movements as an impertinence.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
My impertinent curiosity might reopen wounds which time had closed.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
You wicked, impertinent girl, you shall be punished for this!
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Twenty years ago the chances were that a lecturer on Pope began by asking the, perhaps not impertinent, question, 'Was he a poet?
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
Is it possible I can return impertinence to the language and manners which Mr. Dorriforth uses?
"A Simple Story" by Mrs. Inchbald
Did you ever hear of such impertinence?
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
The governess muttered something about impertinence.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
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In poetry:

Laborious he turns the ground
And tends his trees and sows his seeds,
And, later, bravely hobbles round,
Arresting young impertinent weeds.
"Old Age In A Garden" by John Joy Bell
Go, little naked and impudent songs,
Go with a light foot!
(Or with two light feet, if it please you!)
Go and dance shamelessly!
Go with an impertinent frolic!
"Salutation The Second" by Ezra Pound
When we reached the house, it was late enough,
And many impertinent things were said,
Of time and distance, and such dull stuff,
But we said little, and went to bed.
"A Lost Opportunity" by Robert Fuller Murray
My hospitality to those
Whom I invite to come and stay
Is famed; my wine like water flows,
Exactly like, some people say,
But this is mere impertinence
at my Official Residence.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
Another grins and leaps about,
And keeps a merry world of rout,
And talks impertinently free;
And twenty talk the same as he:
Chatt'ring, airy, idle, kind:
These take the Monkey-turn of mind.
"Bacchus: Or, The Vines Of Lesbos" by Thomas Parnell
If a youth passes by, it may happen, no doubt,
He may chance to look in as I chance to look out;
She would never endure an impertinent stare,--
It is horrid, she says, and I must n't sit there.
"Aunt Tabitha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

This blog will cover everything that is unimportant or impertinent in the world of sports.
Nosy queries are always impertinent .
Impertinent questions for the PG&E 3 supervisors.
Impertinent question for Sup.
Cohen answers some Impertinent Questions on sunshine.
I sent some Impertinent Questions to the supervisors who voted against Bruce Wolfe, an excellent task force member, and for Todd David (See other sunshine blogs.
Way back in 1965, when I was a young enlisted Marine at my first duty station, I asked a gunnery sergeant an impertinent question: "Gunny, why is it that you never see a black officer.".
Edwards Backs Bush on Nukes Perhaps it was impertinent to ask US Sen John Edwards--the wannabe president, the member of the Senate Intelligence Committee--what he thinks about the nation's right to start a thermonuclear holocaust.
As she seeks the Senate seat Democrats held for 57 years before 2010, when Republican Scott Brown impertinently won it, she clarifies the liberal project and the stakes of contemporary politics.
Elsbernd ducks more Impertinent Questions.
So I shall share and spread life on impertinent issues.
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In science:

Admissibility as a ‘minimal’ property The factual nature of frequentist reasoning in estimation also brings out the impertinence of the notion of admissibility stemming from its reliance on the quantifier ‘for all θ∈Θ’.
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
Several of the questions raised about the possible breakdown of scaling contradict beliefs long held by many researchers in both statistical mechanics and quantum field theory and may be classified as impertinences in the sense contemplated by Anatole France.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
But impertinent as some of my distinctions between algebra and analysis are, there are no known theorems which prove them to be incorrect.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
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