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im·promp·tu

 (ĭm-prŏmp′to͞o, -tyo͞o)
adj.
1. Prompted by the occasion rather than being planned in advance: an impromptu party.
2. Spoken, performed, done, or composed with little or no preparation; extemporaneous: a few impromptu remarks.
adv.
With little or no preparation; extemporaneously.
n.
1. Something, such as a speech, that is made or done extemporaneously.
2. Music A short composition, especially for the piano, performed in an offhand or extemporized style.

[French, from Latin in prōmptū, at hand : in, in; see in-2 + prōmptū, ablative of prōmptus, readiness, from past participle of prōmere, to bring forth; see prompt.]

impromptu

(ɪmˈprɒmptjuː)
adj
1. unrehearsed; spontaneous; extempore
2. produced or done without care or planning; improvised
adv
in a spontaneous or improvised way: he spoke impromptu.
n
3. something that is impromptu
4. (Classical Music) a short piece of instrumental music, sometimes improvisatory in character
[C17: from French, from Latin in promptū in readiness, from promptus (adj) ready, prompt]

im•promp•tu

(ɪmˈprɒmp tu, -tyu)

adj., adv., n., pl. -tus. adj.
1. made or done without previous preparation: an impromptu party.
2. having the character of an improvisation.
adv.
3. without preparation: to deliver a speech impromptu.
n.
4. something impromptu.
5. a piano work of improvisatory spirit.
[1660–70; < French < Latin in promptū in readiness; see in, prompt]
syn: See extemporaneous.
extemporaneous, impromptu - Extemporaneous means "prepared in advance and carried out with few or no notes," while impromptu means "totally unprepared, performed on the spur of the moment"—but this distinction has been all but lost.
See also related terms for moment.

impromptu

- Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready."
See also related terms for readiness.

impromptu

An improvised composition or a piece suggesting spontaneity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impromptu - an extemporaneous speech or remark; "a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
2.impromptu - a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
Adj.1.impromptu - with little or no preparation or forethought; "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"; "an extemporaneous piano recital"; "an extemporary lecture"; "an extempore skit"; "an impromptu speech"; "offhand excuses"; "trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"; "an off-the-cuff toast"; "a few unrehearsed comments"
unprepared - without preparation; not prepared for; "unprepared remarks"; "the shock was unprepared"; "our treaty makers approached their immensely difficult problems unprepared"- R.E.Danielson
Adv.1.impromptu - without advance preparation; "he spoke ad lib"

impromptu

impromptu

adjective
Spoken, performed, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought:
Informal: off-the-cuff.
noun
Something improvised:
Translations
إرْتِجالي، مُرْتَجَل
spatra
improviseretspontan
rögtönzött
óundirbúinn
bez sagatavošanāsimprovizētsnesagatavots
z hlavy
hazırlıksız olarak

impromptu

[ɪmˈprɒmptjuː]
A. ADJ (= improvised) [performance, speech] → improvisado; (= unexpected) [remark] → espontáneo, impremeditado
B. ADV (= ad lib) → de improviso, sin preparación; (= unexpectedly) [say] → espontáneamente
C. Nimprovisación f

impromptu

[ɪmˈprɒmptjuː]
adjimpromptu(e)
adv [speak, perform] → impromptu

impromptu

adjimprovisiert; an impromptu speecheine Stegreifrede
advimprovisiert; performaus dem Stegreif; to speak/sing impromptuimprovisieren
n (Mus) → Impromptu nt

impromptu

[ɪmˈprɒmptjuː]
1. adjimprovvisato/a, estemporaneo/a
2. adv (speak) → improvvisando, a braccio

impromptu

(imˈpromptjuː) adjective, adverb
(made or done) without preparation beforehand. an impromptu speech; He spoke impromptu for ten minutes.
References in classic literature ?
But the fervid facility of his impromptus could not be so accounted for.
Fouquet's friends had transported thither, some their actors and their dresses, others their troops of sculptors and artists; not forgetting others with their ready- mended pens, - floods of impromptus were contemplated.
Doran's book abounds, as might be expected, with admirable impromptus and the like; one might collect a large posy of them.
An impromptu circus, fox and geese, and an amicable game of croquet finished the afternoon.
Pontellier should call upon you, play for her that Impromptu of Chopin's, my favorite.
A new union was the result of this outburst, but the impromptu strike went to pieces in three days, owing to the rush of new labor.
I ought to have replied that it was not easy to give an impromptu answer to a question about appearances; that tastes mostly differ; and that beauty is of little consequence, or something of that sort.
As it happened, this impromptu trip to the Centennial proved to be one of the most timely acts of his life.
Famous for writing that kind of impromptu descriptive verse which the Chinese call "Ying".
On the nineteenth the impromptu army had attempted a sortie, more to assure itself and others of its actual existence than with any more serious intention.