3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impromptu \Im*promp"tu\, adverb or a. [F. impromptu, fr. L. in promptu in readiness, at hand; in in + promptus visibility, readiness, from promptus visible, ready. See {Prompt}.] Offhand; without previous study; extemporaneous; extempore; as, an impromptu verse.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impromptu \Im*promp"tu\, noun

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

2. (Mus.) A piece composed or played at first thought; a composition in the style of an extempore piece.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: without advance preparation; "he spoke ad lib" [syn: {ad lib}, {ad libitum}, {spontaneously}, {impromptu}]


1: 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" [syn: {ad-lib}, {extemporaneous}, {extemporary}, {extempore}, {impromptu}, {offhand}, {offhanded}, {off-the-cuff}, {unrehearsed}]


1: an extemporaneous speech or remark; "a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"

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

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