from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unable to wait patiently or tolerate delay; restless.
- adj. Unable to endure irritation or opposition; intolerant: impatient of criticism.
- adj. Expressing or produced by impatience: an impatient scowl.
- adj. Restively eager or desirous; anxious: impatient to begin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. restless and intolerant of delays
- adj. anxious and eager, especially to begin something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.
- adj. Not to be borne; unendurable.
- adj. Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience.
- n. One who is impatient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not patient; not bearing or enduring with composure or patience; uneasy under existing conditions, and eager for relief or change; excited by opposition or the thwarting of one's desires; quick-tempered.
- Intolerant; non-endurant; resistant: as, impatient of control.
- Prompted by or springing from impatience; exhibiting or expressing impatience: as, an impatient manner.
- Not to be borne; intolerable.
- Synonyms and Restless, unquiet, hasty, eager, precipitate, impetuous, vehement.
- n. One who lacks patience.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (usually followed by `to') full of eagerness
- adj. restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition
Middle 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)