Definition of impatient in US English:



  • 1Having or showing a tendency to be quickly irritated or provoked.

    ‘an impatient motorist blaring his horn’
    ‘she was impatient with any restriction’
    • ‘He's impatient with everything, annoyed at everything, and he always acts without thinking.’
    • ‘Sometimes he sounds impatient with the necessary formality of the interview contract.’
    • ‘We are not to strive, become impatient with ourselves, or grow angry or despairing when we find we are bound by some uncleanness.’
    • ‘He quickly tuned my own guitar, having grown impatient with my sitting there.’
    • ‘He quickly grew impatient with it, though he could not speak to Isobel of why.’
    • ‘Michelle was starting to get a little impatient waiting for Guy and stood up to get ready to leave.’
    • ‘He was never angry with any person, nor was he ever impatient with their human weaknesses.’
    • ‘Can I be forgiven for becoming a bit impatient here?’
    • ‘Like the rest of us, he is sometimes short and impatient with those around him, and he does not suffer fools gladly.’
    • ‘I became very impatient with the game before I had even gotten far into it.’
    • ‘This high-speed technician can be brusque and impatient with the indecisive, but he is a wonder to behold.’
    • ‘Last week's conflict was provoked by the arrogance of a Prime Minister impatient with the parliamentary process.’
    • ‘I come on behalf of someone who's grown very impatient with your games.’
    • ‘Frankly, it was annoying and I was growing impatient with all the delays.’
    • ‘He seems impatient with you, almost testy to the point of animosity.’
    • ‘I was brought back to reality by the honk of an impatient driver behind me.’
    • ‘Just some people are too impatient to see it, or they don't take it for what it is.’
    • ‘Suddenly you feel irritated with others and impatient with your own inability to do things as well or as quickly as you hoped.’
    • ‘He becomes so impatient that later that night, he decides to pack some food and get the dogs himself.’
    • ‘Letting out an impatient sigh, Jackie felt the world move in slow motion.’
    irritated, annoyed, angry, testy, tetchy, snappy, cross, crabby, moody, grumpy, querulous, fretful, peevish, peeved, piqued, discontented, displeased, disgruntled
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    1. 1.1impatient ofpredicative Intolerant of.
      ‘a man impatient of bureaucracy’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘However, they will be that much more impatient for success.’
    • ‘I was impatient for the future to start happening right now.’
    • ‘The kids poke at their breakfasts, impatient for the sand and its myriad of playing opportunities.’
    • ‘He admits he is impatient by nature, but believes speed is of the essence.’
    • ‘As readers, we are all a little bit more impatient to get to the point.’
    • ‘Winston Churchill was always impatient for action and unable to understand the time the Generals took to prepare for action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People are just too impatient to get where they want to go.’
    • ‘It was hard to recover my form, but I'm not afraid to go into tackles any more and I feel great and impatient for the games to come.’
    • ‘Maybe they do need more time to deliver on better public services, but clearly the country is now impatient for improvements.’
    • ‘Understandably, the children were getting impatient for the beach - but how on earth were we going to get down there?’
    • ‘Even colleagues who have happily signed up to support his candidature admit that they are impatient for his real views to become clear.’
    • ‘Even those who felt liberated, however, are impatient for a government they can call their own.’
    • ‘I guessed the fact that it was Friday was making her more impatient than usual.’
    • ‘Once my boss gave me the go-ahead on it, he was impatient for me to finish it.’
    • ‘In the meantime, those pushing for streamlining of the system are getting impatient for change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, although impatient for the morning, I slept soundly and had no need of cheering dreams.’
    • ‘They will be impatient for improvement this time round.’
    • ‘If you're getting impatient for your 15 minutes of fame it's time to make your move.’
    restless, restive, agitated, nervous, anxious, ill at ease, fretful, edgy, jumpy, jittery, worked up, keyed up
    anxious, eager, keen, avid, desirous, yearning, longing, aching
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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’.