1 characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades"; (`brainish' is archaic) [syn: hotheaded, impulsive, madcap, tearaway(a), brainish]
2 marked by violent force; "impetuous heaving waves"
EtymologyMiddle English < Old French impetueux < Late Latin impetuosus - (violent) < Latin impetus - (to attack, to rush)
- Describing one who makes arbitrary decisions, esp. in an impulsive and forceful manner.
- Characterized by sudden and violent force.
describing one who makes arbitrary decisions
characterized by sudden and violent force
- French: impétueux, brusque
- Indonesian: tanpa pikir panjang, sembrono
- Polish: impulsywny -a, porywczy -a
- Spanish: impetuoso -a
Impetuous may refer to:
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