likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.
Origin: 1520–30; < Latinimminent- (stem of imminēns), present participle of imminēre to overhang, equivalent to im-im-1 + -min- from a base meaning “jut out, project, rise” (cf. eminent, mount2) + -ent--ent
Synonyms 1. near, at hand. Imminent, Impending, Threatening all may carry the implication of menace, misfortune, disaster, but they do so in differing degrees. Imminent may portend evil: an imminent catastrophe, but also may mean simply “about to happen”: The merger is imminent.Impending has a weaker sense of immediacy and threat than imminent : Real tax relief legislation is impending, but it too may be used in situations portending disaster: impending social upheaval; to dread the impending investigation.Threatening almost always suggests ominous warning and menace: a threatening sky just before the tornado struck.