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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Minutes before Ricci went in to see the judge for a third time, Vincent was growing impatient. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, ""I fear for our lives": Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico face danger and desperation," 13 Aug. 2019 While many local theater artists are impatient for change, all four of the leaders interviewed said listening will be as important as acting this year. Terry Byrne,, "A spotlight on change in local theater scene," 7 Aug. 2019 The reader senses the coming shift in perspective, and is impatient for it. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Fleishman Is in Trouble” Turns the Marriage Novel Inside-Out," 27 June 2019 But Beijing has gotten impatient and tried to pull Hong Kong closer under its control. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Hong Kong airport protests escalate with canceled flights and police standoffs," 13 Aug. 2019 Ironically, Ruthie was getting impatient, having planned her engagement ring design down to a tee. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ruthie Friedlander & Steven Chaiken Had The Ultimate New York City Wedding—With a Unicorn Color Palette & Chinese Takeaway," 17 July 2019 Please forgive me if this sounds a little impatient, even anxious. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: New Dolphins, Hurricanes eras start with wondering who has a quarterback | Commentary," 5 Aug. 2019 The New Nationalism puts the national need before the sectional…It is impatient of the impotence which springs from over-division of governmental powers. Nate Hochman, National Review, "A Big-Government Nationalism, or a Burkean One?," 25 July 2019 Perot achieved it by defining his message as tough love, the blunt observations of a rich man who didn’t need political glory and was too impatient to pander. Gilbert Garcia,, "Bitter medicine of Perot’s 1992 campaign wouldn’t sell today," 10 July 2019

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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 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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