What does the word impetuous mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Full of energy and dash; vehement; eager; headlong.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Impetuously.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Impetuosity, impetuousness.

Usage examples for impetuous

  1. There was no doubt that the impetuous old squire had repented his hasty decision, but not liking to confess such weakness to the family lawyer, had drawn up his own will and hidden it in the secret drawer of his desk. – The Princess of the School by Angela Brazil
  2. There can be no doubt, however, that he was an impetuous suitor, ready to continue an acquaintance into a more serious bond on the slenderest ground, and without the slightest regard to the consequences on either side." – The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1 by Rupert Hughes
  3. The older and larger of the two American girls smiled a slow, gentle smile characteristic of her personality and in sharp contrast with her companion's impetuous speech and action. – The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory by Margaret Vandercook
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