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Poetry Definition

Poem written on the spur of the moment e.g. Impromptu on Mrs Riddell's Birthday by Robert Burns. See also extempore.


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Standard Definition

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


ad lib - (2 syllables), ad libitum - (4 syllables), spontaneously - (5 syllables), spur-of-the-moment - (5 syllables), unprepared - (3 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\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.
\Im*promp"tu\, n.
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.