im·​pa·​tient | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio) \

Definition of impatient

1a : not patient : restless or short of temper especially under irritation, delay, or opposition
b : intolerant sense 1 impatient of delay
2 : prompted or marked by impatience an impatient reply
3 : eagerly desirous : anxious impatient to get home

Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

Examples of impatient in a Sentence

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.
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First Known Use of impatient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for impatient

Middle English impacient, from Anglo-French impacient, from Latin impatient-, impatiens, from in- + patient-, patiens patient

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“Impatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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im·​pa·​tient | \ im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio) \

Kids Definition of impatient

1 : not wanting to put up with or wait for something or someone
2 : showing a lack of patience an impatient reply
3 : restless and eager We're impatient to leave.

Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

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