impatient

adjective
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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People can also become impatient and short-tempered and have difficulty concentrating. Kate Gardner, SELF, "What It’s Like to Be So Sleep Deprived That You Hallucinate," 14 Feb. 2019 Often these developers deal with the robot’s confusion by having the vehicles slow down or stop, which can then create more confusion as other drivers grow impatient and illegally pass. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype," 17 Jan. 2019 But even trimmed from two acts to an intermission-free 110 minutes, the show left me largely impatient and unmoved. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto Enter Sniping in ‘The Boys in the Band’," 31 May 2018 After struggling to get a work permit, Toure grew impatient and instead opted to sign for Ukrainian outfit Metalurh Donetsk. SI.com, "Sky Sports Pundit Gary Neville Calls for Arsenal to Make Move for Departing Man City Legend," 14 May 2018 When the younger Kim took power in 2011, exchanges slowed as Kim sought to assert his independence and China grew impatient with Kim’s nuclear and missile tests. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi to send top ally to North Korea anniversary," 4 Sep. 2018 As the years progressed, Bruce reportedly became impatient with his daughter's courtship. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles's Parents Didn't Like the Idea of Their Daughter Marrying Prince Charles," 19 July 2018 For years, the Prince of Wales was seen as stuffy and impatient to inherit the throne. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 18 Nov. 2018 But on the other side of its signature joie de vivre, 5 can become restless and impatient. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 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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impatient

adjective

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

impatient

adjective
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 go.

Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

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