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impatient

[im-pey-shuh nt] /ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənt/
adjective
1.
not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.
2.
indicating lack of patience:
an impatient answer.
3.
restless in desire or expectation; eagerly desirous.
Idioms
4.
impatient of, intolerant of:
impatient of any interruptions.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. uneasy, unquiet. 1, 2. irritable, testy, fretful, violent, hot; curt, brusque, abrupt. 3. hasty, impetuous, precipitate, sudden.
Antonyms
1. calm.
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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

impatient

/ɪmˈpeɪʃənt/
adjective
1.
lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
2.
exhibiting lack of patience: an impatient retort
3.
(postpositive) foll by of. intolerant (of) or indignant (at): impatient of indecision
4.
(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
adj.

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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