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1. Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold: scolded the impertinent child for talking rudely.
2. Not pertinent: See Synonyms at irrelevant.

[Middle English, irrelevant, from Old French, from Late Latin impertinēns, impertinent- : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin pertinēns, pertinent; see pertinent.]

im·per′ti·nent·ly adv.
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Adv.1.impertinently - in an impudent or impertinent manner; "a lean, swarthy fellow was peering through the window, grinning impudently"
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[ɪmˈpɜːtɪnəntlɪ] ADVimpertinentemente




[ɪmˈpɜːtɪnəntlɪ] advcon impertinenza


(imˈpəːtinənt) adjective
impudent or rude. She was impertinent to her teacher.
imˈpertinently adverb
imˈpertinence noun
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Some brought a few land-otter and sea-otter skins to barter, but in very scanty parcels; the greater number came prying about to gratify their curiosity, for they are said to be impertinently inquisitive; while not a few came with no other design than to pilfer; the laws of meum and tuum being but slightly respected among them.
on the very day of Janetta's Escape, as Sophia was majestically removing the 5th Bank-note from the Drawer to her own purse, she was suddenly most impertinently interrupted in her employment by the entrance of Macdonald himself, in a most abrupt and precipitate Manner.
Oh, I, at least, have certain thoughts and ideas, which, unfortunately, others have not," D'Artagnan replied, impertinently.
inquired a potato-masher, winking at Dorothy somewhat impertinently.
Phil pounced impertinently on the card that fell from it, read the name and the poetical quotation written on the back.
I don't think he means it impertinently at all,' replied Mrs Nickleby.
She meant to be impertinently curious, just as such an Anne Cox should be.
The Miss Steeles, as she expected, had now all the benefit of these jokes, and in the eldest of them they raised a curiosity to know the name of the gentleman alluded to, which, though often impertinently expressed, was perfectly of a piece with her general inquisitiveness into the concerns of their family.
She spoke the last word emphatically, and with a glance impertinently sly.
Credit me, it is better to enjoy the good which God sends thee, than to be impertinently curious how it comes.
I am not impertinently curious, but have a good object.
The character of that man I have given already; and as for the maid, she was a very honest, modest, sober, and religious young woman: had a very good share of sense, was agreeable enough in her person, spoke very handsomely and to the purpose, always with decency and good manners, and was neither too backward to speak when requisite, nor impertinently forward when it was not her business; very handy and housewifely, and an excellent manager; fit, indeed, to have been governess to the whole island; and she knew very well how to behave in every respect.