Adjective "impatient" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a tendency to be quickly irritated or provoked.
  1. 'she can be impatient with people who don't see things her way'
  2. 'Letting out an impatient sigh, Jackie felt the world move in slow motion.'
  3. 'Michelle was starting to get a little impatient waiting for Guy and stood up to get ready to leave.'
  4. 'He becomes so impatient that later that night, he decides to pack some food and get the dogs himself.'
  5. 'Last week's conflict was provoked by the arrogance of a Prime Minister impatient with the parliamentary process.'
  6. 'Can I be forgiven for becoming a bit impatient here?'
  7. 'He seems impatient with you, almost testy to the point of animosity.'
  8. 'Just some people are too impatient to see it, or they don't take it for what it is.'
  9. 'I come on behalf of someone who's grown very impatient with your games.'
  10. 'He quickly grew impatient with it, though he could not speak to Isobel of why.'
  11. 'He was never angry with any person, nor was he ever impatient with their human weaknesses.'
  12. '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.'
Restlessly eager.
  1. with infinitive 'he was impatient to be on his way'
  2. 'Winston Churchill was always impatient for action and unable to understand the time the Generals took to prepare for action.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Once my boss gave me the go-ahead on it, he was impatient for me to finish it.'
  5. 'People are just too impatient to get where they want to go.'
  6. 'I guessed the fact that it was Friday was making her more impatient than usual.'
  7. 'I was impatient for the future to start happening right now.'
  8. 'If you're getting impatient for your 15 minutes of fame it's time to make your move.'
  9. 'He admits he is impatient by nature, but believes speed is of the essence.'
  10. 'Maybe they do need more time to deliver on better public services, but clearly the country is now impatient for improvements.'
  11. '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.'


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. Idioms

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

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be impatient with people."

"states can be impatient with places."

"somes can be impatient in places."

"safeties can be impatient with natures."

"people can be impatient to ideologies."

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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’.