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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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Examples from the Web for overanxious
Contemporary Examples
  • One problem is the tendency of overanxious parents to “interview for pain” at the end of a school day.

Historical Examples
  • Most people are insomniac, mainly because they are overanxious about their sleep.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • I offered to keep it for them, but they were not overanxious to part with the cash.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Once before, in the Maine woods, he had been an unwilling target, on that occasion for an overanxious deer hunter.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • “Aunt Prissy likes Louise; we all do,” pleaded Faith; so her father said no more, thinking that perhaps he had been overanxious.

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga Alice Turner Curtis
  • She was being made temporarily ill by the unwise and unfortunate suggestions of the overanxious mother.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • He was a nervous child with a habit spasm, the son of a highly neurotic father and an overanxious mother.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • That Brimfield did not add another touchdown was only because her line, overanxious, was twice found off-side and penalised.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • If the secondary defence, overanxious, had not been fooled by that fake attack at their end Tim would never have gained a foot.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • She felt he was not overanxious to caress her, and preferred that the rendering of this impossible should come from her side.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for overanxious


/ˌəʊvərˈæŋkʃəs; -ˈæŋʃəs/
excessively worried, tense, or uneasy
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