- The definition of impatient is have a lack of patience.
An example of an impatient person is someone who gets angry after waiting only five minutes for a doctor's appointment.
This man is impatient with his wait.
- feeling or showing annoyance because of delay, opposition, etc.
- feeling or showing restless eagerness to do something, go somewhere, etc.
Origin of impatientMiddle English impacient ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin impatiens: see in- and amp; patient
- Unable to wait patiently or tolerate delay; restless.
- Unable to endure irritation or opposition; intolerant: impatient of criticism.
- Expressing or produced by impatience: an impatient scowl.
- Restively eager or desirous; anxious: impatient to begin.
Origin of impatientMiddle English impacient, from Old French impatient, from Latin impatiēns, impatient- : in-, not; see in–1 + patiēns, present participle of patī, to suffer, endure; see patient.
(comparative more impatient, superlative most impatient)