adjective \(ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt\

: 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

Full Definition of IMPATIENT

a :  not patient :  restless or short of temper especially under irritation, delay, or opposition
b :  intolerant 1 <impatient of delay>
:  prompted or marked by impatience <an impatient reply>
:  eagerly desirous :  anxious <impatient to get home>
im·pa·tient·ly adverb

Examples of IMPATIENT

  1. After months of delays, customers are becoming impatient.
  2. Customers have grown impatient with the repeated delays.
  3. Aren't you ready yet? Don't be so impatient. There's no need to hurry.
  4. She was impatient to leave.


Middle English impacient, from Anglo-French impacient, from Latin impatient-, impatiens, from in- + patient-, patiens patient
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with IMPATIENT


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