from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being impatient.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of lacking patience; restlessness under existing conditions; eager desire for relief or change.
  • noun Intolerance of anything that thwarts or hinders; passionate vehemence; in a milder sense, quickness of temper; touchiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being impatient; lack of endurance of pain, suffering, opposition, or delay; eagerness for change, or for something expected; restlessness; chafing of spirit; fretfulness; passion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being impatient; lacking patience; restlessness and intolerance of delays; anxiety and eagerness, especially to begin something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a restless desire for change and excitement
  • noun a dislike of anything that causes delay
  • noun a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay


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  • "Impatience has little to do with the notes themselves. Instead, it is a fight with time. Faced with a new piece of music, an unknown city, a difficult moment in your life, you want to leap over the anxiety and confusion, to be ahead of where you are. But most of the time the solutions you achieve in impatience are narrow and awkward. You establish your first response as a habit, then have to spend all your time trying to correct it, instead of waiting, listening, and learning more."

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 101

    November 3, 2008