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[im-pey-shuh nt] /ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənt/
not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.
indicating lack of patience:
an impatient answer.
restless in desire or expectation; eagerly desirous.
impatient of, intolerant of:
impatient of any interruptions.
Origin of impatient
1350-1400; Middle English impacient < Latin impatient- (stem of impatiēns) not enduring, not tolerating. See im-2, patient
Related forms
impatiently, adverb
impatientness, noun
unimpatient, adjective
unimpatiently, adverb
1. uneasy, unquiet. 1, 2. irritable, testy, fretful, violent, hot; curt, brusque, abrupt. 3. hasty, impetuous, precipitate, sudden.
1. calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impatient
  • Over time, though, the commenters have gotten increasingly impatient with the endless stream of whining.
  • If you're on the street, look for the impatient expression on a pedestrian's face as he waits for the light to change.
  • To prevent the apprehended effect of such an inclination, my father was impatient to have me bound to my brother.
  • One becomes impatient for a member of this family to exchange a word with anyone outside it.
  • He was never uncharitable toward simple people, he was often too impatient with famous people.
  • No one waited in impatient exasperation for her to take on her duties again.
  • The wind picks up even more, and the waves make impatient sounds on the dock.
  • But they're getting impatient about not winning races.
  • As weeks turned into months, the detainees became impatient and the conditions in the camp deteriorated.
  • The boys became impatient and began yelling up the stairs of the rectory.
British Dictionary definitions for impatient


lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
exhibiting lack of patience: an impatient retort
(postpositive) foll by of. intolerant (of) or indignant (at): impatient of indecision
(postpositive) often foll by for. restlessly eager (for something or to do something)
Derived Forms
impatiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impatient

late 14c., from Old French impacient (Modern French impatient), from Latin impatientem (nominative impatiens) "that cannot bear, intolerant, impatient," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + patiens (see patience). Related: Impatiently.

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