1. [syn: restlessness, impatience]
2. a restless desire for change and excitement;
3. a dislike of anything that causes delay;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Impatience \Im*pa"tience\n. [OE. impacience, F. impatience, fr.
The quality of being impatient; lack of endurance of pain,
suffering, opposition, or delay; eagerness for change, or for
something expected; restlessness; chafing of spirit;
fretfulness; passion; as, the impatience of a child or an
I then, . . .
Out of my grief and my impatience,
Answered neglectingly. --Shak.
With huge impatience he inly swelt
More for great sorrow that he could not pass,
Than for the burning torment which he felt. --Spenser.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes
delay [syn: restlessness, impatience]
2: a restless desire for change and excitement
3: a dislike of anything that causes delay [ant: forbearance,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
40 Moby Thesaurus words for "impatience":
alacrity, animation, anxiety, anxiousness, appetite, avidity,
avidness, breathless impatience, cheerful readiness, eagerness,
elan, forwardness, gust, gusto, haste, hastiness, impetuosity,
impetuousness, impulsiveness, keen desire, keenness, life,
liveliness, overhastiness, precipitance, precipitancy,
precipitateness, precipitation, promptness, quickness, rashness,
readiness, recklessness, spirit, suddenness, verve, vitality,
vivacity, zest, zestfulness