impatient

adjective im·pa·tient \ (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of impatient

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

impatiently

adverb

Examples of impatient in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of impatient

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


IMPATIENT Defined for English Language Learners

impatient

adjective

Definition of impatient for English Language Learners

  • : 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


IMPATIENT Defined for Kids

impatient

adjective im·pa·tient \ im-ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of impatient for Students

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.

impatiently

adverb


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