Part of speech: adjective

Extempore; offhand.

Part of speech: adverb

An offhand speech or performance.

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Usage examples "impromptu":

  1. What you formerly enquired of me in the streets, I beg you now to come and ask me at my house, when you shall see that the questions to which I before replied, impromptu, shall be more perfectly answered now that I shall take time to consider." - "The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  2. Presently one of the old lions stopped for a moment, snuffing like a dog with his nose in the air, and then walking deliberately to the travellers' impromptu, larder, drew forth the remains of the water- buck. - "The Ruined Cities of Zululand", Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley.
  3. I explained that they consisted mainly of " notes" for future use, but consented willingly; whereupon he arranged a number of them as for exhibition and delivered himself impromptu of the most vehemently instructive lecture on art I had ever heard. - "The Guest of Quesnay", Booth Tarkington.