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.]
3. Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience; as, impatient speeches or replies.
Syn: -- Restless; uneasy; changeable; hot; eager; fretful; intolerant; passionate.
Im·pa·tient, n. One who is impatient. [R.]
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)]