Anxious definition

ăngkshəs, ăngshəs
Causing or full of anxiety.

An anxious hour.

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Attended with, showing, or causing anxiety.

Spent an anxious night waiting for the test results.

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Having or showing anxiety; uneasy in mind; apprehensive; worried.
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Eagerly wishing.

Anxious to do well.

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Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried.
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(usage problem) Eagerly or earnestly desirous.
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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.

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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.

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Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;—applied to things; as, anxious labor.
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Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.

All the voters were anxious to hear the election result.

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The definition of anxious is someone who is apprehensive or concerned in anticipation of an event.

An example of someone who is anxious is a person who is starting a new job.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
anxious
Comparative:
anxiouser

Origin of anxious

  • From Latin ānxius from angere to torment angh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French *anxios, Latin anxius, from angō (“to cause pain, choke”); akin to Ancient Greek ἄγχειν ('a`gchein, “to choke”). See anger.

    From Wiktionary