Definitions for anxiousˈæŋk ʃəs, ˈæŋ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

anx•ious*ˈæŋk ʃəs, ˈæŋ-(adj.)

  1. full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; worried.

  2. earnestly desirous; eager.

  3. attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness:

    anxious forebodings.

* Usage: anxious has had the meaning “earnestly desirous, eager” since the mid-18th century: We are anxious to see our new grandson. Although some insist that anxious must always convey a sense of distress or worry, the sense “eager” is fully standard.

Origin of anxious:

1615–25; < L anxius worried, distressed, der. of angere to strangle, pain, distress; cf. anguish , -ous

anx′ious•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anxious(p), dying(p)(adj)

    eagerly desirous

    "anxious to see the new show at the museum"; "dying to hear who won"

  2. anxious, nervous, queasy, uneasy, unquiet(adj)

    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

    "spent an anxious night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an unquiet mind"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. anxious(adjective)ˈæŋk ʃəs, ˈæŋ-

    worried sth bad might happen

    an anxious morning waiting for news; anxious about driving

  2. anxiousˈæŋk ʃəs, ˈæŋ-

    eager for sth to happen

    anxious to start a family; anxious for everyone to leave

Wiktionary

  1. anxious(Adjective)

    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.

  2. anxious(Adjective)

    Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;applied to things; as, anxious labor.

  3. anxious(Adjective)

    Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.

  4. Origin: anxius, from ango; akin to ἄγχειν. See anger.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anxious(adj)

    full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle

  2. Anxious(adj)

    accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; as, anxious labor

  3. Anxious(adj)

    earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxious' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3174

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxious' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4380

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxious' in Adjectives Frequency: #429


Translations for anxious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

anxious(adjective)

worried about what may happen or have happened

She is anxious about her father's health.

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