im·​pa·​tience (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce impatience (audio)
: the quality or state of being impatient

Example Sentences

the child's impatience for Christmas morning is engaging
Recent Examples on the Web Her colleague, Scott Johnston, who joined Chainalysis as an outreach manager in 2019 after a career as an investigator with London’s Metropolitan Police, tells a similar tale of impatience. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2022 Torres’s interest in spray-on technology was born of impatience. Byian Mount, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2022 Tiago Correia, an associate professor at Lisbon's Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, detects a mood of public impatience, especially among young people keen to enjoy warm summer nights. Barry Hatton, Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 Improbably, Kor never displays impatience at having to repeat the simulacra so many times. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Enlarge / Artist's interpretation of Sonic fans' impatience over a recent game's lack of updates and patches. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 There can be some impatience from environmentalists who worry that such considerations might slow down the transition. The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 That gave him a great sense of impatience and darkness. Vernon Scott, Good Housekeeping, 23 Oct. 2022 Gratitude and terror; impatience and paralysis; a paradox pile-on that could make even the most grounded among us feel insane. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impatience was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Impatience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



im·​pa·​tience (ˈ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce impatience (audio)
: lack of patience
: restless or eager desire

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