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impatient +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpeɪʃəntli/
  • Hyphenation: im‧pa‧tient‧ly



impatiently (comparative more impatiently, superlative most impatiently)

  1. In an impatient manner.
    Stella was waiting impatiently for the delivery to come.
    • 1848, Jacob Abbott, “Story I. Labour Lost.—Elky.”, in Rollo at Work: Or, The Way for a Boy to Learn to be Industrious[1], London: James S. Hodson, page 5:
      He watched his corn impatiently for two days, and, as it did not come up, he thought he would plant it again with beans. He ought to have waited longer.
    • 1887, James H. Scott, “O, Where Is Our Bird?”, in Poems[2], second edition, St. Louis: Slawson & Co., page 68:
      The keys are awaiting
      Thy magical touch,
      And the strings are impatiently mute.
    • 1946 July 1, “Sistine Ceiling[:] In Vatican chapel Michelangelo painted tremendous scenes from Bible”, in LIFE[3], volume 21, number 1, Time Inc, →ISSN, page 63:
      When the work was almost completed, the Pope impatiently asked when it would be finished. Michelangelo answered, "When I shall be able".