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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Being able to be organized at an age-appropriate level, such as excessively losing their things; Being impulsive and impatient, such as intruding into other people’s activities, interrupting others and having difficulties in waiting for their turn. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Children aren't the only ones with ADHD; adults get it as well," 17 May 2018 Investors are impatient to see evidence that CEO Staley’s promised turnaround is working, particularly after the share price slid 14 percent in the past 12 months. Stephen Morris,, "Barclays Is Cutting Up to 100 Senior Investment Bank Staff," 17 Jan. 2018 The youths of this country are impatient and unfiltered — and that’s not an insult. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Parkland school shooting survivors, Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson to speak at St. Sabina rally," 5 June 2018 The Post, citing two people familiar with summit preparations, said the President, reportedly impatient after arriving in Singapore on Sunday, tried to get his aides to move his tete-a-tete with Kim up to Monday. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Washington Post: Trump floated pushing up Kim meeting: 'Why can't we just do it?'," 15 June 2018 Is that why Lou is both protective of Debbie and impatient about any conversation involving her ex? Laura Bradley, HWD, "Ocean’s 8: The Agony and Ecstasy of All That Unresolved Sexual Tension," 8 June 2018 Some are a little broad, but high-as-a-kite Coleman sounds a delightful idiot, and Serge, with his reedy voice and brisk tone, comes across as both brilliant and impatient. Rochelle O'gorman,, "With days like these, take time to listen and laugh," 24 Mar. 2018 Chicago White Sox fans were ecstatic about the team’s top pitching prospect one week, and impatient and frustrated the next. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "White Sox prospect Michael Kopech stopped listening, went from struggling to sizzling," 27 June 2018 The whole nation knew about the wall’s peculiar power, and all were impatient to find out how stupid their neighbors were. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The truth about the Emperor’s wall is clear," 21 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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