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Meaning of IMPROMPTU

Pronunciation:  im'prâmptoo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an extemporaneous speech or remark; "a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"
  2. [n]  a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation
  3. [adv]  without advance preparation; "he spoke ad lib"
  4. [adj]  in response to an unforeseen need; "an impromptu speech"; "a spur-of-the-moment party"

IMPROMPTU is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: ad lib, ad libitum, spontaneously, spur-of-the-moment, unprepared
 See Also: address, musical passage, passage, speech



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*promp"tu\, adv. 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.
  2. \Im*promp"tu\, n.
    1. Something made or done offhand, at the moment, or without
       previous study; an extemporaneous composition, address, or
    2. (Mus.) A piece composed or played at first thought; a
       composition in the style of an extempore piece.
Thesaurus Terms
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