If you are impatient, you don’t like to wait. Do you have a hard time teaching children new skills? Do grab the shoe and tie it yourself? You’re impatient.

Pent-up, antsy, restless, short-tempered, constantly checking the time — all of these are qualities of an impatient person. Patient comes from the Latin word patientem, meaning "to endure," but add the prefix im- and you get impatient — the inability to endure delays, mix-ups, people walking slowly, red lights. . .

Definitions of impatient
  1. adjective
    restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition
    impatient with the slower students”
    impatient of criticism”
    troubled emotionally and usually deeply
    impatient especially under restriction or delay
    unwilling to endure
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    enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance
    not complaining
    diligent, persevering
    quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
    enduring, long-suffering
    patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble
    forbearing, longanimous
    showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment
    patient of, tolerant
    showing the capacity for endurance
    capable of accepting delay with equanimity
    showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others
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  2. adjective
    (usually followed by 'to') full of eagerness
    impatient to begin”
    synonyms: raring
    agog, eager, keen
    having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy
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