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[oh-ver-angk-shuh s, -ang-] /ˈoʊ vərˈæŋk ʃəs, -ˈæŋ-/
excessively anxious.
Origin of overanxious
First recorded in 1735-45; over- + anxious
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[oh-ver-ang-zahy-i-tee] /ˈoʊ vər æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
overanxiousness, noun
overanxiously, adverb Unabridged
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  • If you let those poor bullies know what to expect they aren't, as a rule, over-anxious to toe the mark.

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley
  • Do not be over-anxious, therefore, about to-morrow, for to-morrow will bring its own cares.

  • I had grown too fastidious, over-anxious, nervous, and fidgety.

  • If I understand you aright, you are not over-anxious he should come back with the answer.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Doubtlessly he was not over-anxious to introduce the son of his King into the secret retreat.

    The Poniard's Hilt Eugne Sue
  • I daresay the count is not over-anxious to hold you to your bet.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • And I wondered if any of the people might think so, too, and not be over-anxious to join us when the moment comes!

    The King of Alsander James Elroy Flecker
  • He does his best; but he is over-anxious; he worries himself, and loses count.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • House was over-anxious and went out on strikes, and Chase got to second.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for over-anxious


/ˌəʊvərˈæŋkʃəs; -ˈæŋʃəs/
excessively worried, tense, or uneasy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for over-anxious

1713, from over- + anxious. Related: Overanxiously; overanxiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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