Definition of anxious in English:


Line breaks: anx|ious
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋ(k)ʃəs


  • 2Very eager or concerned to do something or for something to happen: the company was anxious to avoid any trouble [with clause]: my parents were anxious that I get an education
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    • You can't look up anymore, only down at the ground, anxious to avoid a similar encounter.
    • Both are anxious to avoid a house price and consumer spending crash.
    • As children, when my brother Bob and I were anxious to avoid doing our homework, we'd fly round to her house.
    eager, keen, desirous, impatient, itching, longing, yearning, aching, dying



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  • The impoverished screenwriter submits his work to obscure magazines and anxiously awaits a response.
  • My mother stood anxiously by the open kitchen door, looking out at my father who was standing at the gate.
  • So, at 7.30 I found myself outside his place anxiously pounding at the door with him still not home.


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  • She was young enough to feel the excitement of the journey and old enough to sense the worry and anxiousness of her parents.
  • There was a sense of peace and serenity in the room that I was lying in, instead of the feeling of anxiousness and fear that I had felt while I was walking in the alleyway.
  • Withdrawn children also exhibit signs of emotional distress such as anxiousness, and display less positive expressions.


early 17th century: from Latin anxius (from angere 'to choke') + -ous.

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