im·​pa·​tient (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio)
: not patient : restless or short of temper especially under irritation, delay, or opposition
: intolerant sense 1
impatient of delay
: prompted or marked by impatience
an impatient reply
: eagerly desirous : anxious
impatient to get home
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some viewers may grow impatient waiting for the inevitable junction where their paths cross or wish for more scenes of them together. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Flight delays, long lines, crowds, unfamiliar sounds, impatient looks — the thought of flying can be overwhelming, chaotic and stressful for anyone, especially for those traveling with children who have special needs. Diane Adreon, Ed.d. and Meaghan Parlade, Ph.d., Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Some of Durbin’s allies also are growing impatient. Cristiano Lima-Strong, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Fans have grown increasingly impatient for Grande to release a new album, something she’s teased her listeners about a couple times this year. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 7 Dec. 2023 The delay led to impatient publicists and a crush of boldfaced name actors who waited for their turn including Mark Ruffalo, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Glenn Howerton, to name a few. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Jan. 2024 While Boomers may accuse Millennials of being self-centered and impatient due to their excessive use of technology, this generation has proven to actually be incredibly community-oriented and environmentally conscious, which are traits that are being picked up by their children. Sarah Cottrell, Parents, 12 Jan. 2024 Many possessions ended with Liberty coach Barry Green frustrated after seeing one of his girls becoming impatient and throwing the ball away into the waiting arms of a player in a Black jersey. Timothy Dashiell, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2024 Leclerc had previously appeared to back Carrefour’s stance in a LinkedIn post Friday, as corporations come to blows over who should absorb rising costs as customers increasingly become impatient with years of price increases. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English impacient, from Anglo-French impacient, from Latin impatient-, impatiens, from in- + patient-, patiens patient

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of impatient was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Impatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


im·​pa·​tient (ˈ)im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio)
: not patient
an impatient disposition
: showing or coming from impatience
an impatient answer
: restless and eager
impatient to get going
impatiently adverb

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