[ im-pey-shuhnt ]
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  1. not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.

  2. indicating lack of patience: an impatient answer.

  1. restless in desire or expectation; eagerly desirous.

Idioms about impatient

  1. impatient of, intolerant of: impatient of any interruptions.

Origin of impatient

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English impacient, from Latin impatient-, stem of impatiēns “not enduring, not tolerating”; equivalent to im-2 + patient

Other words for impatient

Opposites for impatient

Other words from impatient

  • im·pa·tient·ly, adverb
  • im·pa·tient·ness, noun
  • un·im·pa·tient, adjective
  • un·im·pa·tient·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use impatient in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impatient


/ (ɪmˈpeɪʃənt) /

  1. lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc

  2. exhibiting lack of patience: an impatient retort

  1. (postpositive foll by of) intolerant (of) or indignant (at): impatient of indecision

  2. (postpositive often foll by for) restlessly eager (for something or to do something)

Derived forms of impatient

  • impatiently, adverb

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