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[im-pyuh-duh nt] /ˈɪm pyə dənt/
of, relating to, or characterized by impertinence or effrontery:
The student was kept late for impudent behavior.
Obsolete. shameless or brazenly immodest.
Origin of impudent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impudent- (stem of impudēns) shameless, equivalent to im- im-2 + pud- (base of pudēre to feel shame; cf. pudendum) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
Can be confused
imprudent, impudent.
1. insulting, rude; saucy, pert; presumptuous, fresh, brazen. See impertinent.
1. courteous. Unabridged
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  • They are at the same time modest and impudent, attack and careful retreat.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • "You'd better not be impudent, young one," said Ben, roughly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • See our Memorial-Introduction for an impudent appropriation of this epigram.

  • Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The impudent, four-footed fisher never went hunting again in her water-hole.

  • Besides, I thought that he did not dare to make or talk of these impudent preparations.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Mr. Cherry's awfully nice and good, but you know what I mean—somebody handsome, and big, and impudent.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
  • I felt an absurd desire to smash it, for the impudent thing had been running all the while.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for impudent


mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
an obsolete word for immodest
Derived Forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impudent

late 14c., from Latin impudentem (nominative impudens) "without shame, shameless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pudens "ashamed, modest," present participle of pudere "to cause shame" (see pudendum). Related: Impudently.

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