Definition of impatient
- impatient of delay
- an impatient reply
- impatient to get home
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
agog, antsy, anxious, ardent, athirst, avid, crazy, desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excited, great, greedy, gung ho, hot, hungry, keen, nuts, pumped, raring, solicitous, thirsty, voracious, wild;
champing at the bit, chomping at the bit;
: 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
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