im·​pa·​tient | \(ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt \

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

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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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Wall Street investors, who have pushed the company’s stock beyond $340 per share, are growing impatient with the losses. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "Elon Musk: Tesla hit weekly goal of making 5,000 Model 3s," 1 July 2018 The admittedly impatient judge has pushed the government to speed up its case. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Manafort trial turns from prosecution’s case to his defense," 13 Aug. 2018 The air simmered with escalating violence, impatient protestors, hardened social classes and new social movements. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 July 2018 Even those soccer haters who complain about low scoring rates can surely get their impatient minds around a shootout. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup shootouts are great and here is how other sports can adopt the thrilling finale," 1 July 2018 Dax’s story arc is long enough to include a pair of love interests – first with Tiffany Haddish (who has disappointingly little to do) as the impatient girlfriend who dumps him, then Erica Ash as the woman who gets him on the rebound. Gary Thompson,, "'Uncle Drew': Kyrie Irving's basketball comedy has occasional bounce," 28 June 2018 In the end, the impatient driver was quickly pulled over for his road infraction. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Police officer delivers baby in credit union parking lot," 21 June 2018 The mighty photography/filmmaker magic man of LIFE Magazine, Gordon Parks, took the rare shot under the pressure of impatient rap generals and industry elite. Datwon Thomas, Billboard, "Why 1998 Was the Greatest Year of My Hip-Hop Lifetime," 1 June 2018 Conversations in Cantonese, Tagalog, English and Mandarin started and stopped in the same impatient syncopation. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the chain-averse Bay Area, why are we so crazy for Asian restaurant chains?," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners 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


im·​pa·​tient | \im-ˈpā-shənt \

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 go.

Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

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