[ im-pey-shuhnt ]
/ ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənt /


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

ANTONYMS FOR impatient

1 calm.

Related forms

im·pa·tient·ly, adverbim·pa·tient·ness, nounun·im·pa·tient, adjectiveun·im·pa·tient·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for impatientness


/ (ɪmˈpeɪʃənt) /


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 Forms

impatiently, adverb
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