Definition of impatience in English:



  • The tendency to be impatient; irritability or restlessness.

    ‘she crumpled up the pages in a burst of impatience’
    ‘he was shifting in his seat with impatience’
    • ‘Still, there is that natural impatience about him which means he wants to be No 1 in the world sooner rather than later.’
    • ‘Malice, impatience and contempt were unknown to him; he would never take offence or stand on his dignity.’
    • ‘Leave your ego and impatience behind and it'll work out just fine.’
    • ‘This brash candour and impatience with mass culture are clearly audible on these two albums.’
    • ‘The blond woman who stood in the aisle between us wore a painted expression of impatience and utter boredom.’
    • ‘The net community's indignation and impatience with the media industries must be tempered by some empathy!’
    • ‘People lobbying for the project to proceed are abundantly justified in their impatience.’
    • ‘Her hair is clasped in an imperfect bun, her impatience with its ticklish irritation apparent.’
    • ‘Any child gets to a point of impatience with his or her parents and the romance of having another mother or father must be terribly tempting.’
    • ‘Other negative aspects of this card are impatience leading to bad decisions and loneliness.’
    • ‘It's a seemly confrontation of the inquisitive impatience of the young, and the stately acceptance of the old.’
    • ‘I've covered seven other Home Secretaries, and none could match his wild impatience of criticism.’
    • ‘To say the least, I am suffering from a horrible case of impatience.’
    • ‘All the time, those in the queue behind me did not register the slightest show of impatience or displeasure.’
    • ‘But whatever his impatience with getting things done, he always retained his integrity.’
    • ‘Today, however, there is evidence of a growing impatience with such exploits.’
    • ‘It's the news a lot of people locally have been waiting for with a sense of growing impatience for a long time.’
    • ‘For these days, the young in all professions are seized of a quite extraordinary impatience.’
    • ‘It's depressing when your mind becomes a sewer of spattering hate and impatience that you don't remember asking for.’
    • ‘She warns that there are many pitfalls facing him as he tries to launch his own label - and the most dangerous is impatience.’
    irritability, testiness, tetchiness, snappiness, irascibility, querulousness, peevishness, intolerance, disgruntlement, frustration, exasperation, annoyance, pique, discontent, dissatisfaction, displeasure
    restlessness, restiveness, frustration, agitation, nervousness, edginess, jitteriness, excitability
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