- lack of patience.
- eager desire for relief or change; restlessness.
- intolerance of anything that thwarts, delays, or hinders.
Origin of impatience
Related Words for impatiencenervousness, annoyance, anxiety, eagerness, excitement, uneasiness, anger, restlessness, edginess, irritability, intolerance, hastiness, disquietude, agitation, violence, avidity, heat, vehemence, suspense, restiveness
Examples from the Web for impatience
Contemporary Examples of impatience
American women expressed their support and impatience when fighting puritanism and conservatism using Femen tactics.Femen's Topless Sextremists Invade the US
February 23, 2014
I called to her, but she slipped away with a tormenting smile at my helpless hands, and I followed her with some impatience.
I waited and waited, closing my eyes with fear and impatience, but all was silent as the grave.
Similarly, how little time Shostakovich spent on his work elucidates the fever and impatience of his mind.What Do Great Artists’ Routines Reveal?
May 9, 2013
It was characterized by apocalyptic and incendiary rhetoric, anger, impatience, and revolutionary zeal.Good Luck With That, Peter Wehner
January 25, 2013
Historical Examples of impatience
At length, carried away by impatience, I reprimanded him publicly.Brave and Bold
I am all impatience to hear how this astonishing change was effected.Lady Susan
The story was not yet finished; but George's impatience caused him to interrupt it.Biographical Stories
Again the Judge put the question, this time with some impatience.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
It was a hot day—she walked fast from the hurry and impatience of her mind.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- lack of patience; intolerance of or irritability with anything that impedes or delays
- restless desire for change and excitement
c.1200, from Old French impacience (Modern French impatience) and directly from Latin impatientia, from impatiens (see impatient).