impertinent


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Impertinent \Im*per"ti*nent\, a. [F., fr. L. impertinens,
   -entis; pref. im- not + pertinens. See Pertinent.]
   1. Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand;
      having no bearing on the subject; not to the point;
      irrelevant; inapplicable.
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            Things that are impertinent to us.    --Tillotson.
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            How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
                                                  --Jer. Taylor.
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   2. Contrary to, or offending against, the rules of propriety
      or good breeding; guilty of, or prone to, rude,
      unbecoming, or uncivil words or actions; as, an impertient
      coxcomb; an impertient remark.
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   3. Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.

   Syn: Rude; officious; intrusive; saucy; unmannerly;
        meddlesome; disrespectful; impudent; insolent.

   Usage: Impertinent, Officious, Rude. A person is
          officious who obtrudes his offices or assistance where
          they are not needed; he is impertinent when he
          intermeddles in things with which he has no concern.
          The former shows a lack of tact, the latter a lack of
          breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer
          impudence. A person is rude when he violates the
          proprieties of social life either from ignorance or
          wantonness. "An impertinent man will ask questions for
          the mere gratification of curiosity; a rude man will
          burst into the room of another, or push against his
          person, inviolant of all decorum; one who is officious
          is quite as unfortunate as he is troublesome; when he
          strives to serve, he has the misfortune to annoy."
          --Crabb. See Impudence, and Insolent.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Impertinent \Im*per"ti*nent\, n.
   An impertinent person. [R.]
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