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impatient

[ im-pey-shuhnt ]
/ ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənt /
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adjective

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.

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Idioms for impatient

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM impatient

im·pa·tient·ly, adverbim·pa·tient·ness, nounun·im·pa·tient, adjectiveun·im·pa·tient·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for impatient

impatient
/ (ɪmˈpeɪʃənt) /

adjective

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 of impatient

impatiently, adverb
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