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

1350–1400; Middle English impacient < Latin impatient- (stem of impatiēns) not enduring, not tolerating. See im-2, patient
Related formsim·pa·tient·ly, adverbim·pa·tient·ness, nounun·im·pa·tient, adjectiveun·im·pa·tient·ly, adverb

Synonyms for impatient

Antonyms for impatient

1. calm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impatiently

Contemporary Examples of impatiently

Historical Examples of impatiently

  • "It's too absurd to think about," Gilder repeated, impatiently.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Burke broke in impatiently, with his blustering fashion of address.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • There had been women who had cared for him, but he put them impatiently out of his mind.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "Why, Father, I begged you not to try," said Helen impatiently.

  • "Mary, you are just as foolish as his daughter-in-law," said Mrs. North, impatiently.

British Dictionary definitions for impatiently



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)
Derived Formsimpatiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impatiently



late 14c., from Old French impacient (Modern French impatient), from Latin impatientem (nominative impatiens) "that cannot bear, intolerant, impatient," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + patiens (see patience). Related: Impatiently.

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