3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impatient \Im*pa"tient\ ([i^]m*p[=a]"shent), adjective [OE. impacient, F. impatient, fr. L. impatiens; pref. im- not + patiens patient. See {Patient}.]

1. Not patient; not bearing with composure; intolerant; uneasy; fretful; restless, because of pain, delay, or opposition; eager for change, or for something expected; hasty; passionate; -- often followed by at, for, of, and under.

A violent, sudden, and impatient necessity. --Jer. Taylor.

Fame, impatient of extremes, decays Not more by envy than excess of praise. --Pope.

The impatient man will not give himself time to be informed of the matter that lies before him. --Addison.

Dryden was poor and impatient of poverty. --Macaulay.

2. Not to be borne; unendurable. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience; as, impatient speeches or replies. --Shak.

Syn: Restless; uneasy; changeable; hot; eager; fretful; intolerant; passionate.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impatient \Im*pa"tient\, noun One who is impatient. [R.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition; "impatient with the slower students"; "impatient of criticism" [ant: {patient}]

2: (usually followed by 'to') full of eagerness; "impatient to begin"; "raring to go" [syn: {impatient(p)}, {raring(p)}]

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