adjective & adverb
- Spoken or done without preparation: [as adjective]: extempore public speaking [as adverb]: he recited the poem extemporeMore example sentences
impromptu, spontaneous, unscripted, ad lib; on-the-spot, extemporary, extemporaneous; improvised, improvisatory, unrehearsed, unplanned, unprepared, unarranged, unpremeditated; makeshift, thrown together, cobbled together, rough and ready; Latin ad libitumspontaneously, extemporaneously, ad lib; on the spot, unpremeditatedly, without preparation, without rehearsal, without planning; Latin ad libitum• informal off the cuff, on the spur of the moment, off the top of one's head, just like that, at the drop of a hat
- She was quite prepared to speak extempore for an hour, when well in her seventies.
- From a reader of speeches, she started speaking extempore.
- The Prime Minister seemed to be in a very enthusiastic and positive mood as he spoke extempore for about 20 minutes.
mid 16th century: from Latin ex tempore 'on the spur of the moment' (literally 'out of the time').