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
She said she believes most teachers are doing what they can to navigate the situation, but parents are impatient about schools reopening and are demanding transparency and accountability.North County Report: New Parents Group Pushes School Reopenings | Kayla Jimenez | January 7, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
In a series of 2012 experiments, psychologists found that when participants were primed to think of their time as carrying monetary value, they were more impatient and experienced less pleasure during leisure activities like listening to music.
The challenge next moves to more-fraught terrain — getting impatient Americans to understand that, while a vaccine is here, most will have to wait.Live updates: Top House Republican joins group supporting Texas lawsuit seeking to invalidate election results | John Wagner | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Sometimes I am sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient and I am working on all of that.
City officials wanted to buy the building, but the owners were impatient.The Deal Before the 101 Ash St. Debacle Helps Explain How We Got Here | Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx | August 24, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
“I came here for him,” one woman groans, gesturing impatiently toward where the music is coming from.Beyonce, Jay Z & No Doubt Sing to End Global Poverty in Central Park | Caitlin Dickson | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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) | Melissa Leon | December 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
To begin impatiently is the worst mistake a writer can make.
We love them too strongly, too impatiently; we look at them too hard.Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us | Ann Wroe | May 31, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
But Grandfather Mole only shook his head impatiently, as if to say that digging a hole wouldn't help him this time.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
"Never mind the fellow; we have more than enough to think of in our own affairs," exclaimed his friend, impatiently.
She rose impatiently and bathed her eyes before ringing for the maid to lace her for dinner—it was long past tea-time.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He walked impatiently to the foot of the stairs, and turned again toward the street door.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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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