im|per´ti|nent|ly

im|per´ti|nent|ly
im|per|ti|nent «ihm PUR tuh nuhnt», adjective.
1. rudely bold; saucy; impudent; insolent: »

The girl made an impertinent reply that angered her mother.

2. not pertinent; not to the point; out of place: »

His impertinent remarks wasted valuable time.

SYNONYM(S): inappropriate, incongruous, irrelevant.
[< Latin impertinēns, -entis not belonging < in- not + pertinēns pertinent]
im|per´ti|nent|ly, adverb.
Synonym Study 1 Impertinent, impudent, saucy mean showing lack of proper respect. Impertinent means showing lack of respect for others' privacy or rights, by taking too much interest in what is not one's business or too many liberties with those deserving respect: »

Talking back to older people is impertinent.

Impudent adds the idea of shamelessness and defiance: »

The impudent boy made faces at the teacher.

Saucy suggests a disrespectful attitude shown by light and flippant manner or speech: »

The saucy girl laughed when her father scolded her.


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