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 Bob Huggins has been subjected to impatient fans the last few seasons. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Scott Drew was always Baylor’s coach. Now, a national championship has validated the school’s faith in him.," 6 Apr. 2021 Millennials are often characterized as entitled, impatient and thin-skinned. Vincent Burruano, Forbes, "Understanding Millennials For Better Leadership," 5 Apr. 2021 But as a movement to recall Newsom has gained ground -- fueled by Republicans and others impatient to reopen California’s economy -- the governor has stepped up vaccine eligibility. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vaccine eligibility opening to people as young as 50 - 'except we don't have the vaccine'," 30 Mar. 2021 Oyeyemi herself is pretty well over talking about this particular story and a little impatient with the press’s obsession with her genesis myth. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 29 Mar. 2021 During a game at the 1998 Big East Conference women’s basketball tournament, Coach Geno Auriemma of Connecticut famously grew impatient with his international players, Svetlana Abrosimova of Russia and Tihana Abrlic of Croatia. New York Times, "The Road to the Final Four Runs Through Zagreb," 22 Mar. 2021 House Republicans, who have been impatient to return to work as normal, argue that because lawmakers have been granted the special dispensations afforded to essential workers, they should be required to show up to perform their jobs in person. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "As Republicans Shun Vaccines, Congress Toils to Return to Normal," 19 Mar. 2021 Scientists are fond of saying negative results are just as important as positive results, but after several decades of not finding something, researchers can be forgiven for feeling impatient. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Dark Matter’s Last Stand," 18 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, however, many states have become impatient waiting for the federal government to prime the pump for greater employer participation in employee retirement plans. Steve Parrish, Forbes, "The Value Of Auto-IRAs: A Conversation With Michael Finke," 10 Mar. 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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“Impatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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 go.

Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

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