What does impromptu mean?

Definitions for impromptuɪmˈprɒmp tu, -tyu

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impromptu.

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

  4. Origin: [F. impromptu, fr. L. in promptu in readiness, at hand; in in + promptus visibility, readiness, from promptus visible, ready. See Prompt.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impromptu

    im-promp′tū, adj. prompt, ready: off-hand.—adv. readily.—n. a short witty saying expressed at the moment: any composition produced at the moment. [L., 'in readiness'—in, in, promptus, readiness.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impromptu in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impromptu in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

  2. John Kirby:

    The only time I've seen something declassified in this fashion is an impromptu and ill-considered comment publicly, as in a speech or interview, certainly not as the result of a private, official meeting.

  3. Walker Stalker Founder:

    From impromptu bowling with Christian Serratos to a legendary late-night panel with Norman Reedus, last year’s cruisers had a trip they’ll never forget, we can’t wait to show them what we have planned this year.

  4. Maine Gov. Paul LePage:

    I was going impromptu in my brain, didn't catch up to my mouth. Instead of saying, 'Maine women,' I said, 'White women.' I'm not going to apologize to the Maine women for that because if you go to Maine you will see we are essentially 95% white.

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Translations for impromptu

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ارتجالاArabic
  • improvisiert, ImpromptuGerman
  • αυτοσχεδιασμός, αυτοσχέδιος, πρόχειροςGreek
  • improvisadoSpanish
  • impromptu, improvisoitu, improvisaatioFinnish
  • impromptuFrench
  • հանպատրաստիցArmenian
  • improvvisata, improvvisatoItalian
  • spontaniczny, improwizowanyPolish
  • непродуманный, произвольный, импровизация, импровизированный, спонтанный, случайный, экспромтRussian
  • முன்னேற்பாடற்றTamil
  • önceden tasarlanmadan, hemen o anda yapılıveren, hazırlıksız, doğaçlamaTurkish

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