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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
Related forms
[oh-ver-ang-zahy-i-tee] /ˈoʊ vər æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
overanxiousness, noun
overanxiously, adverb Unabridged
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  • Do not be over-anxious, therefore, about to-morrow, for to-morrow will bring its own cares.

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

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • I daresay the count is not over-anxious to hold you to your bet.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • "You don't seem to be over-anxious about yourself," he growled.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • I don't think you could fairly have called Ronald over-anxious about clothes.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • The attitude of the would-be seer should not be too expectant or over-anxious about results.

    Second Sight

  • He does his best; but he is over-anxious; he worries himself, and loses count.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • Their aunt, with her two favourites at home, was not over-anxious.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • Charles wants me to write a play, but I am not over-anxious to set about it.

    Mary Lamb Anne Burrows Gilchrist
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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