- Anxious is defined as someone who feels uneasy or excessively nervous.
An example of someone who is anxious is a Kindergartner on the first day of school.
- The definition of anxious is someone who is enthusiastic about something to come.
An example of someone who is anxious is a person who is starting a new job.
- having or showing anxiety; uneasy in mind; apprehensive; worried
- causing or full of anxiety: an anxious hour
- eagerly wishing: anxious to do well
Origin of anxiousClassical Latin anxius ; from angere, to choke, give pain ; from Indo-European base an unverified form angh-: see anger
- Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried.
- Attended with, showing, or causing anxiety: spent an anxious night waiting for the test results.
- Usage Problem Eagerly or earnestly desirous.
Origin of anxiousFrom Latin ānxius, from angere, to torment; see angh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative anxiouser or more anxious, superlative anxiousest or most anxious)
- Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, especially respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense;—applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.
- I could tell she was anxious as she was biting her nails.
- Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;—applied to things; as, anxious labor.
- Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
- All the voters were anxious to hear the election result.
- Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc., before the object of solicitude.