An impudent person is bold, sassy, and shameless. If you want to get into a fancy nightclub and you tell the bouncer, “Let me in, I’m much more beautiful than all these ugly losers in line,” that’s impudent behavior.

Impudent comes from the Latin combination of im, meaning without, and pudens, meaning shame. We often call someone impudent if they’re disrespectful, snotty, or inappropriate in a way that makes someone feel bad. If you know someone has just lost all their money on the stock market, don’t be impudent and ask them how they’re going to afford gas money for their yacht.

Definitions of impudent

adj improperly forward or bold

“an impudent boy given to insulting strangers”
fresh, impertinent, overbold, sassy, saucy, smart, wise
used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty

adj marked by casual disrespect

“the student was kept in for impudent behavior”
flip, insolent, snotty-nosed
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous

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