1. not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.
  2. indicating lack of patience: an impatient answer.
  3. restless in desire or expectation; eagerly desirous.

  1. impatient of, intolerant of: impatient of any interruptions.


  1. lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
  2. exhibiting lack of patiencean impatient retort
  3. (postpositive foll by of) intolerant (of) or indignant (at)impatient of indecision
  4. (postpositive often foll by for) restlessly eager (for something or to do something)

late 14c., from Old French impacient (Modern French impatient), from Latin impatientem (nominative impatiens) “that cannot bear, intolerant, impatient,” from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + patiens (see patience). Related: Impatiently.

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