What is the meaning of impromptu?


  • An extemporaneous speech or remark.
    • usage: "a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"
  • A short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation.


  • With little or no preparation or forethought.
    • usage: "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"


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APAWordNet. (2010). impromptu. Retrieved April 24, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/impromptu/definitions/1176236
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "impromptu" http://smartdefine.org/impromptu/definitions/1176236 (accessed April 24, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, impromptu, Smart Define, viewed 24 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/impromptu/definitions/1176236>.
MLAWordNet. "impromptu" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/impromptu/definitions/1176236>
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