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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 of impatient
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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  • "Never mind what you thought," retorted Galloway impatiently.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • Burke broke in impatiently, with his blustering fashion of address.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “I take pleasure in nothing connected with this confounded affair,” said George, impatiently.

    Mr. Witt's Widow Anthony Hope
  • There had been women who had cared for him, but he put them impatiently out of his mind.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • impatiently I smother the accusing whisper of my conscience, "By the right of revolutionary ethics."

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • "Oh, good-night," she said impatiently, suddenly breaking from him.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The doctor drew Stuart into a seat and rushed on impatiently.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • "You heard what he said to me just now," Phoebe said, impatiently.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for impatiently

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 impatiently

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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