- 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.]
- Not to be borne; unendurable.(Obs)
- Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience; as, impatient speeches or replies.synonyms: Restless; uneasy; changeable; hot; eager; fretful; intolerant; passionate.
Etymology: OE. impacient, F. impatient, fr. L. impatiens; pref. im- not + patiens patient. See Patient