- not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.
- indicating lack of patience: an impatient answer.
- restless in desire or expectation; eagerly desirous.
- impatient of, intolerant of: impatient of any interruptions.
Origin of impatient
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1. uneasy, unquiet. 1, 2. irritable, testy, fretful, violent, hot; curt, brusque, abrupt. 3. hasty, impetuous, precipitate, sudden.
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Examples from the Web for impatiently
After a great deal of impatiently attempting to convince Andrea to come with her, Michonne finally just ditches Woodbury alone.‘The Walking Dead’: 8 Deadliest Kills of Season 3 (Video)
December 2, 2012
We love them too strongly, too impatiently; we look at them too hard.Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us
May 31, 2012
"It's too absurd to think about," Gilder repeated, impatiently.
Burke broke in impatiently, with his blustering fashion of address.
There had been women who had cared for him, but he put them impatiently out of his mind.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Why, Father, I begged you not to try," said Helen impatiently.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Mary, you are just as foolish as his daughter-in-law," said Mrs. North, impatiently.Quaint Courtships
- lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
- exhibiting lack of patiencean impatient retort
- (postpositive foll by of) intolerant (of) or indignant (at)impatient of indecision
- (postpositive often foll by for) restlessly eager (for something or to do something)
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Word Origin and History for impatiently
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