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.
Idioms about impatient
impatient of, intolerant of: impatient of any interruptions.
- im·pa·tient·ly, adverb
- im·pa·tient·ness, noun
- un·im·pa·tient, adjective
- un·im·pa·tient·ly, adverb
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How to use impatient in a sentence
If you spend enough time observing the Pacific’s waves, impatient and determined — as if purposefully trying to get somewhere — you can almost hear them speak.
He’s an impatient man, so 10 minutes of his time is a bit like two hours of somebody else’s time.Sacha Baron Cohen’s Partner in Crime Seizes the Spotlight | Marlow Stern | July 30, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The city’s lease for Civic Center Plaza had gone month-to-month and the owners were impatient as the city’s initial plans to buy the building fell apart.
On the flip side, it’s also possible that increased state ownership of airlines will make governments impatient to return them to profitability, and therefore less willing to impose new taxes or restrictions that could hit airlines’ bottom line.Airlines’ Emissions Halved During the Pandemic. Can the Industry Preserve Some of Those Gains as Travel Rebounds? | Ciara Nugent | May 17, 2021 | Time
An impatient date strolled to one girl, pulled her away from her friends, yanked down her mask and his own.How a rural Virginia town came together for an unforgettable pandemic prom | Hannah Natanson | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
On AboveTopSecret, Syrian Sister was impatient for his execution.
When impatient or tired, as he often is in his wheelchair, he stims: tapping his head, biting his arm, rocking.Disney World Means Everything to a Special Needs Mom | Elizabeth Picciuto | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After a while I became impatient and tried to move, but the box was too narrow.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, a Plan B, one that places more stock in patient strategy as opposed to impatient action.Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe | Lloyd Green | December 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the shutdown is something of a sideshow, provoked by impatient conservatives who wanted confrontation.Democrats May Be Obstructionists Now, but They Have Good Reason | Jamelle Bouie | October 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He stared at his men, astonished and impatient at this strange disobedience.
The carriage, waiting to convey them away, was already at the door, the impatient horses pawing the ground.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
An impatient pupil who never learns anything thoroughly often disregards the rule about silent consonants.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The socialist reads such criticism as the above with impatient approval.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
He would at once become stubborn and ugly, because he is not used to our quick, nervous, impatient ways.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
British Dictionary definitions for impatient
lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
exhibiting lack of patience: an 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)
- impatiently, adverb
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