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impertinent (adj) rude.

Being rude and ill-mannered is to be impertinent. An impertinent person is a rude person, not showing enough respect to others, especially to those who are older than they and important. If a child is impertinent it is rude and impolite towards its elders, in its talk or behavior.

  • Young Ted was impertinent to ask his father's friend Mr. Daniel about his age and income. Naturally Mr. Daniel was irritated at the rudeness of the boy.
  • Jonas had the impertinence to tell his boss that his presence or absence did not make any difference to the functioning of the office. He sounded as though boss or no boss, the office could go on.
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