1. unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence.
  2. impertinent quality or action.
  3. something impertinent, as an act or statement.
  4. an impertinent person.
  5. irrelevance, inappropriateness, or absurdity.


  1. disrespectful behaviour or language; rudeness; insolence
  2. an impertinent act, gesture, etc
  3. rare lack of pertinence; irrelevance; inappropriateness

c.1600, from French impertinence, from Medieval Latin impertinentia, from Late Latin impertinentem “not belonging” (see impertinent). Impertinency is from 1580s.

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