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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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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