This man is impatient with his wait.
An example of an impatient person is someone who gets angry after waiting only five minutes for a doctor's appointment.
- 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 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)