Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ



Feb 8, 2013
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
impetuous
uxorious
implacable
cantankerous
impudent

This week's comments
AWADmail 554

Next week's theme
Words with initial silent letters
Discuss
Feedback
RSS/XML
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

impudent

PRONUNCIATION:
(IM-pyuh-duhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Marked by offensive boldness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin im- (not) + pudere (to make or be ashamed) which also gave us pudibund (prudish), pudency (modesty), and pudeur (a sense of shame). Earliest documented use: 1386.

USAGE:
"The tie has matching socks and braces ... It seems imprudent (and possibly impudent) to ask if his boxers match, as well."
Mike Amos; Laughing Matter; Northern Echo (Darlington, UK); Mar 5, 2011.

See more usage examples of impudent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. -Edith Cavell, nurse and humanitarian (1865-1915)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith