• IPA: /ɪmˈpeɪʃənt/


  1. Restless and intolerant of delays.
    • The impatient man will not give himself time to be informed of the matter that lies before him.
  2. Anxious and eager, especially to begin something.
  3. (obsolete) Not to be borne; unendurable.
  4. Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience.
    impatient speeches or replies
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, III. ii. 287:
      What, will you tear / Impatient answers from my gentle tongue?
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