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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In a small tourist shop in the village center, where cicada replicas are available for $2.40, owner Marie-Christine Fenot has been growing more impatient by the day. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 These just happen to be most practical delivery methods in New York, because the streets are crowded and because delivery customers are impatient. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Researchers get new data and slowly develop new theories, but most of us are impatient. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 David Lowry was impatient for the very old seeds to wake up. Cara Giaimo New York, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 But customers are impatient for a return to the quick, cheap rides. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Played with spark and candied charm by a young Cuba Gooding Jr., teenage Tre, like so many other Black boys in that formative season of their lives, is impatient for adulthood. Jason Parham, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021 But Biden’s Left flank is growing impatient with that stance. Philip Elliott, Time, 21 May 2021 The pandemic has forced me to alter my thoughts on time’s passage, growing equal parts impatient with its slowness and hopeful at the future’s promise. Patricia Mcilreavy, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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

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22 Jun 2021

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“Impatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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