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.

1350–1400; Middle English impacient < Latin impatient- (stem of impatiēns) not enduring, not tolerating. See im-2, patient

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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impatient (ɪmˈpeɪʃənt)
adj (foll by of) (often foll by for)
1.  lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
2.  exhibiting lack of patience: an impatient retort
3.  intolerant (of) or indignant (at): impatient of indecision
4.  restlessly eager (for something or to do something)

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. impacient, from L. impatientem, from im- (see in- + patientem (see patience).
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Example sentences
The gunmetal-gray launches are revving their engines impatiently, itching to
  begin their nightly chase after smugglers.
Climbers ready their gear impatiently, eager to get to the rock faces.
Mid-level professors sit down impatiently, drumming fingers, eager to get back
  to their labs or libraries.
You're outside the airport now, waiting impatiently for a cab along with dozens
  of other people.
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