im·​pa·​tient (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio)
: not patient : restless or short of temper especially under irritation, delay, or opposition
: intolerant sense 1
impatient of delay
: prompted or marked by impatience
an impatient reply
: eagerly desirous : anxious
impatient to get home
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of impatient was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Impatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


im·​pa·​tient (ˈ)im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio)
: not patient
an impatient disposition
: showing or coming from impatience
an impatient answer
: restless and eager
impatient to get going
impatiently adverb

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