Definitions for impromptuɪmˈprɒmp tu, -tyu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•promp•tu*ɪmˈprɒmp tu, -tyu(adj.; adv.; n.)(pl.)-tus.

  1. (adj.)made or done without previous preparation:

    an impromptu party.

  2. having the character of an improvisation.

  3. (adv.)without preparation:

    to deliver a speech impromptu.

  4. (n.)something impromptu.

  5. a piano work of improvisatory spirit.

    Category: Music and Dance

* Syn: See extemporaneous.

Origin of impromptu:

1660–70; < F < L in promptū in readiness; see in , prompt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impromptu(noun)

    an extemporaneous speech or remark

    "a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"

  2. impromptu(adj)

    a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation

  3. ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed(adverb)

    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"

  4. ad lib, ad libitum, spontaneously, impromptu(adverb)

    without advance preparation

    "he spoke ad lib"


  1. impromptu(Noun)

    a short musical composition for an informal occasion often with the character of improvisation and usually to be played solo.

  2. impromptu(Noun)

    any composition, musical or otherwise, that is created on the spot without preparation.

  3. impromptu(Adjective)

    Improvised; without prior preparation; extemporaneous; unplanned.

    The party began with an impromptu rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

  4. Origin: From impromptus, from im- + promptus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impromptu

    offhand; without previous study; extemporaneous; extempore; as, an impromptu verse

  2. Impromptu(noun)

    something made or done offhand, at the moment, or without previous study; an extemporaneous composition, address, or remark

  3. Impromptu(noun)

    a piece composed or played at first thought; a composition in the style of an extempore piece


  1. Impromptu

    An impromptu is a free-form musical composition with the character of an ex tempore improvisation as if prompted by the spirit of the moment, usually for a solo instrument, such as piano. The first recorded use of the term impromptu in this sense occurred in 1817, in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, an idea of the publisher to describe a piano piece by Jan Václav Voříšek.

Translations for impromptu

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(made or done) without preparation beforehand

an impromptu speech; He spoke impromptu for ten minutes.

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