Definition of anxious in English:

anxious

adjective

  • 1Feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

    ‘she was extremely anxious about her exams’
    ‘an anxious look’
    • ‘How many times, when you hear of an approaching storm, do you get worried or anxious?’
    • ‘The big turning point for me was when I was taking my finals and I felt so anxious and nervous.’
    • ‘Johnny appears disappointed to see him, but generally nervous and anxious as well.’
    • ‘The small courtyard is also crowded with anxious relatives and concerned neighbours.’
    • ‘There is actually another group of people who are much more anxious about the outcome than any of the above.’
    • ‘Some may be anxious and nervous or may develop behaviours to avoid stimuli that remind them of past experiences.’
    • ‘It's different in new company - I start to get anxious and worry what they are thinking.’
    • ‘Instead of getting ready for bed, she returned to the chair in which she had sat, anxious, waiting for her twin to wake up.’
    • ‘It was unacceptable that anxious patients should wait for hours in crowded accident and emergency departments.’
    • ‘She was nervous and excited and anxious and hundreds of other things all at once.’
    • ‘Now they are also edgy, anxious, fearful, often depressed and undeniably kinder.’
    • ‘She looked anxious, as if waiting for the bell to toll so that she could bolt from the classroom.’
    • ‘He seemed distressed and anxious but refused an offer to speak to someone else.’
    • ‘Those who are sensitive, nervous and anxious, with a reserved nature, are prone.’
    • ‘They are done to scare people and to frighten them, to make them anxious and worried.’
    • ‘His anxious relatives are desperate for reassurance that he is safe.’
    • ‘She is becoming nervous and anxious but there are still four people in front of her.’
    • ‘My mother appeared to have been gone a long time and my brothers and I were anxious waiting her return.’
    • ‘The long wait was over on Tuesday as anxious teenagers across Orkney began receiving exam results.’
    • ‘My biggest personality flaw was catching up to me as I began to feel anxious and worried.’
    worried, concerned, apprehensive, fearful, uneasy, ill at ease, perturbed, troubled, disquieted, bothered, disturbed, distressed, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, in a state of nerves, edgy, on edge, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, afraid, worried sick, with one's stomach in knots, with one's heart in one's mouth, on pins and needles, stressed, under stress, in suspense, flurried
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    1. 1.1attributive (of a situation or period of time) causing or characterized by worry or nervousness.
      ‘there were some anxious moments’
      • ‘It has also been a very anxious day for those who are trying to stop that recall election.’
      • ‘In fact they gave their true blue supporters who travelled some very anxious moments.’
      • ‘We repeat our thanks to counsel for their most helpful submissions in this very anxious case.’
      • ‘Today his family told the Daily Echo about their anxious wait for news.’
      • ‘Generations will remember the long, anxious waits for the jab to save them from the deadly smallpox virus.’
      • ‘He says that while choosing a career, both students and parents will have anxious moments.’
      • ‘Residents have many anxious moments and it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident.’
      • ‘We had a bit of an anxious moment while we looked for the area, only to happily discover it was just north of our turnoff to the east.’
      • ‘All the work and the anxious wait culminated in the final results today.’
      • ‘Then came an anxious wait for these times to be compared with the others before.’
      • ‘In the meantime, the family are facing an anxious wait for the next contact with their sister.’
      • ‘But I can also remember that situation as such an emotional and anxious time.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, with the independent schools application results due out any day, parents face an anxious wait.’
      • ‘I would imagine his recovery process has been a long and anxious wait for them.’
      • ‘Householders faced an anxious wait to see if their homes would be flooded.’
      • ‘Parents began arriving at the school within an hour of the accident and many had an anxious wait to hear if their children were hurt.’
      • ‘They faced an anxious wait to find out whether any of the orchid had survived.’
      • ‘However her supporters had some anxious moments before they collected their winnings.’
      • ‘They began stringing the ball about in a confident fashion not witnessed during the anxious moments late last year.’
      • ‘The next round of anxious moments will come when the engineering admission rank list is released.’
      nerve-racking, stressful, worrying, concerning, fraught, charged, strained, nail-biting, worrisome, difficult, uneasy, uncomfortable
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  • 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’
    • ‘Grim-faced shepherds swing heavy cudgels, anxious to be clear of the road where horns blare impatiently.’
    • ‘As children, when my brother Bob and I were anxious to avoid doing our homework, we'd fly round to her house.’
    • ‘The council is anxious to avoid British government interference in the project as it could delay it further.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three parties are anxious to avoid political turmoil to keep local government stability in the town.’
    • ‘Individuals anxious to avoid making a capital loss sell for a lower price than they would otherwise do.’
    • ‘His relatives are anxious that this decision and the incident are not repeated.’
    • ‘She prefers independent travel and is anxious to avoid busy resorts fulls of couples and families.’
    • ‘The Social Services are anxious that women in such situations should know that help is available.’
    • ‘At that point, the government backed down, anxious to avoid further diplomatic damage.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, when he did play there was no keener performer on the field, nor one more anxious to do well for his side.’
    • ‘There was evidence that he was anxious to give up work because of concerns about his health.’
    • ‘He said they were anxious to promote the development of the concert hall.’
    • ‘Universities themselves seem anxious to avoid misrepresentation in this area.’
    • ‘He is anxious to avoid having them added to a portfolio as an exclusively commercial asset.’
    • ‘What we are most anxious to avoid, however, is that that becomes a superstructure.’
    • ‘I was anxious to do something with my son that was honest, that revealed both of us.’
    • ‘And above all a population keen, eager, anxious even to embrace their visitors.’
    • ‘The question is are we going to exhaust those options, we're not anxious to do that.’
    eager, keen, desirous, impatient, itching, longing, yearning, aching, dying
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin anxius (from angere ‘to choke’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

anxious

/ˈaŋ(k)ʃəs/