AskDefine | Define impatient

Dictionary Definition

impatient adj
1 restless or short of temper 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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  1. restless and intolerant of delays
  2. anxious and eager, especially to begin something

Derived terms


restless and intolerant of delays
anxious and eager

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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