impatient

adjective
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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Benitez only has 12 months left on his current deal at St. James' Park and talks have been ongoing for weeks, but the former Liverpool manager appears to be growing impatient with the lack of progress. SI.com, "Rafa Benitez Urges Newcastle to Clarify Ambitions Before Signing New Deal," 7 May 2018 Lenù's opportunity to go to continue to middle school sets her parents—prideful, stern Vittorio and venomous, impatient Immacolata—against each other in one of many screaming matches over their daughter's future, behavior, and comportment. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In My Brilliant Friend, Education Offers a Dangerous Escape from Poverty," 20 Nov. 2018 In the meantime, the man got impatient, Krantz said. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casselberry police looking for man who raped woman before carjacking," 3 July 2018 Trainer Bob Baffert was getting impatient Thursday morning waiting for the painfully slow tractors to finish conditioning the track so Justify could start his morning gallop. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Distance is part of the mystique of the Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018 Now, at the top of the Olympic halfpipe, White was getting impatient. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Shaun White Near-Perfect in Halfpipe Gold Medal Redemption Tour," 14 Feb. 2018 Wall Street investors, who have pushed the company’s stock beyond $340 per share, are growing impatient with the losses. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "Elon Musk: Tesla hit weekly goal of making 5,000 Model 3s," 1 July 2018 The admittedly impatient judge has pushed the government to speed up its case. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Manafort trial turns from prosecution’s case to his defense," 13 Aug. 2018 The air simmered with escalating violence, impatient protestors, hardened social classes and new social movements. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 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 \

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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