Impatient Im*pa"tient ([i^]m*p[=a]"shent), a. [OE. impacient, F. impatient, fr. L. impatiens; pref. im- not + patiens patient. See {Patient}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

A violent, sudden, and impatient necessity. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Fame, impatient of extremes, decays Not more by envy than excess of praise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The impatient man will not give himself time to be informed of the matter that lies before him. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Dryden was poor and impatient of poverty. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Not to be borne; unendurable. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience; as, impatient speeches or replies. --Shak.

Syn: Restless; uneasy; changeable; hot; eager; fretful; intolerant; passionate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.