- full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health.
- earnestly desirous; eager (usually followed by an infinitive or for): anxious to please; anxious for our happiness.
- attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness: anxious forebodings.
Origin of anxious
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Examples from the Web for anxiousness
One day he was seized with anxiousness for his soul's future.The Silver Lining
But his father's anxiousness would be greater than his own could be.The Lost Prince
Frances Hodgson Burnett
And the anxiousness of the combat and the battle came upon him.
By another spring the aching and anxiousness were a little dulled, for habit blunts even the keen edge of mortal pain.
Was it to speak of his anxiousness as to the state of her father's health that he had led her there, and that he held her hand?Beauchamp's Career, Complete
- worried and tense because of possible misfortune, danger, etc; uneasy
- fraught with or causing anxiety; worrying; distressingan anxious time
- intensely desirous; eageranxious for promotion
Word Origin and History for anxiousness
1620s, from Latin anxius "solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind" (also "causing anxiety, troublesome"), from angere, anguere "choke, squeeze," figuratively "torment, cause distress" (see anger (v.)). The same image is in Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba "anxiety," literally "tightness, narrowness." Related: Anxiously; anxiousness.