Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by offensive boldness; insolent or impertinent. See Synonyms at shameless.
  • adj. Obsolete Immodest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not showing due respect; impertinent; bold-faced

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Behaving boldly, with contempt or disregard for propriety in behavior toward others; unblushingly forward; impertinent; saucy.
  • adj. Lacking modesty; shameless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Immodest; shameless; brazen; indelicate.
  • Offensively forward in behavior; intentionally disrespectful; insolent; possessed of unblushing assurance.
  • Manifesting impudence; exhibiting or characterized by disrespect toward or disregard of others.
  • Synonyms Bold, bold-faced, brazen-faced, presumptuous, pert, rude, saucy. See impudence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. improperly forward or bold
  • adj. marked by casual disrespect

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin impudēns, impudent- : in-, not; see in-1 + pudēns, present participle of pudēre, to be ashamed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin impudēns ("shameless"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I noticed, for example, that old Mr Hardcastle Steve Pemberton - not, admittedly, a highly articulate character - uses the word "impudent" so often that it palls.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • She nearly sank upon the ground last night when he called the impudent wench his bride.

    Sidonia, the Sorceress : the Supposed Destroyer of the Whole Reigning Ducal House of Pomerania — Volume 1

  • What some would call impudent, Teddy said, others might call spirited.

    Kate Morton Ebook Collection

  • He turned to the soup tureen and placed the lid gently at my side, fixing me with a look I can only describe as impudent.

    The Vesuvius Club

  • Goodwin is represented as complaining in these words, “Lord, thou hast deceived us, and we were deceived;” — words which Burnet characterizes as impudent and enthusiastic boldness; but which, if used at all, were evidently accommodated from Jer.xx. 7, and used in the sense in which the prophet himself had used them; q.d.,

    Life of Dr Owen

  • When, in spite of all the vigilance and cruelty that could be practiced, there were still some who were characterized as impudent, unruly or, likely to make their escape at some time, and therefore were dangerous to be among other slaves, they would be roped and sold to "Georgia traders."

    Unwritten History

  • The Tomato Ketchup's husband he pounded the floor for me to shut up, an 'I told him -- though I never was what you might call a impudent janitor -- that if he thought he could chop it up any more soft, he'd better engage in it.

    Friendship Village

  • Polly, for that would have been called impudent familiarity, punishable with wiphping at the "post;" but when I met young master in the entry, I learned from him that the case was one

    Autobiography of a female slave,

  • "I am ready to point at those, who can be described as the impudent in this business,"

    Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

  • I imagine you in a tee shirt with just the word 'impudent' printed on the front and 'bloviate' printed on the back.

    Edwards Secured Private Commitment From Obama That He'd Go On Poverty Tour As Nominee

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