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impatient Line breaks: im|pa¦tient
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpeɪʃ(ə)nt/

Definition of impatient in English:


1Having or showing a tendency to be quickly irritated or provoked: an impatient motorist blaring his horn she can be impatient with people who don’t see things her way
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  • Suddenly you feel irritated with others and impatient with your own inability to do things as well or as quickly as you hoped.
  • He quickly grew impatient with it, though he could not speak to Isobel of why.
  • Last week's conflict was provoked by the arrogance of a Prime Minister impatient with the parliamentary process.
irritated, annoyed, angry, testy, tetchy, snappy, cross, crabby, moody, grumpy, querulous, fretful, peevish, peeved, piqued, discontented, displeased, disgruntled;
abrupt, curt, brusque, terse, short
informal aggravated, grouchy
British informal narked, narky, ratty, eggy, shirty
1.1 (impatient of) Intolerant of: a man impatient of bureaucracy
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  • Impatient for progress and impatient of toffs, we just have no sympathy for the fact that they can't get along with the world as it is changing.
2Restlessly eager: they are impatient for change [with infinitive]: he was impatient to be on his way
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  • But I am still impatient for a medal and having missed out on competing in the individual competition this time I really want to get one in the relay.
  • Sometimes I wish they could stay kids forever and at others I'm impatient for them to grow up and venture out into the world so I can see what they make of their lives.
  • Therefore, although impatient for the morning, I slept soundly and had no need of cheering dreams.
restless, restive, agitated, nervous, anxious, ill at ease, fretful, edgy, jumpy, jittery, worked up, keyed up;
British  nervy
informal twitchy, uptight
anxious, eager, keen, avid, desirous, yearning, longing, aching


Late Middle English (in the senses 'lacking patience' and 'unbearable'): via Old French from Latin impatient- 'not bearing, impatient', from in- 'not' + pati 'suffer, bear'.

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