Simple Definition of impatient
: not willing to wait for something or someone : not patient
: wanting or eager to do something without waiting
: showing that you do not want to wait : showing a lack of patience
Examples of impatient
After months of delays, customers are becoming impatient.
Customers have grown impatient with the repeated delays.
“Aren't you ready yet?” “Don't be so impatient. There's no need to hurry.”
She was impatient to leave.
Origin of impatient
Middle English impacient, from Anglo-French impacient, from Latin impatient-, impatiens, from in- + patient-, patiens patient
First Known Use: 14th century
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