Meaning of impromptu in English:


Pronunciation /ɪmˈprɒm(p)tjuː/

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  • Done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed.

    ‘an impromptu press conference’
    • ‘I got a phone call announcing impromptu dinner plans, so I decided to join in on that.’
    • ‘Buoyed by the success of the day, we now plan to hold an impromptu New Year's eve bash here.’
    • ‘Sure enough, there are bedrooms and a kitchen and even a drum set up in the entrance for impromptu rehearsals.’
    • ‘I had no idea how well my impromptu plan would work, but it was the best I could come up with.’
    • ‘Click here to see the pictures from yesterday's impromptu outing to the zoo.’
    • ‘The event will also feature street theatre, live music and arts and craft stalls and nurses will be carrying out impromptu health checks.’
    • ‘He added that when he was the director general he used to make impromptu visits to the penitentiaries at night.’
    • ‘Some enterprising vendors have put up impromptu juice stalls selling watermelon juice.’
    • ‘In just those few days they had built a complex, many-layered, fully functioning but impromptu nest!’
    • ‘Passengers told how they used mobile phones and novelty glowsticks as impromptu torches to guide them to safety.’
    • ‘In addition, he has ready money for policemen that make impromptu inspection along the way.’
    • ‘Some members remained in town after the parade and gave impromptu performances.’
    • ‘Now and then, there was a bit of impromptu dancing by some of the team members.’
    • ‘They chanted their support as they were often ordered to do and kissed his hand as he made impromptu stops along the street.’
    • ‘Footballs were retrieved from among the luggage and impromptu games began.’
    • ‘This makes us conveniently close enough for impromptu dinner party invitations.’
    • ‘While the tea brewed, he searched his mind for a reason for this impromptu visit.’
    • ‘After dinner, all six convene in Seward's study for an impromptu strategy session.’
    • ‘While the tea brewed, he searched his mind for a reason for this impromptu visit.’
    • ‘And Paul went into an impromptu rendition of " Aint no sunshine".’
    unrehearsed, unprepared, unscripted, extempore, extemporized, improvised, improvisational, improvisatory, improvisatorial, spontaneous, unstudied, unpremeditated, unarranged, unplanned, on the spot, snap, ad lib
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  • Without being planned, organized, or rehearsed.

    • ‘he spoke impromptu’
    extempore, spontaneously, without preparation, without rehearsal, on the spur of the moment, offhand, ad lib
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  • A short piece of instrumental music, especially a solo, that is reminiscent of an improvisation.


Mid 17th century (as an adverb): from French, from Latin in promptu ‘in readiness’, from promptus (see prompt).