Origin of anxious
Examples from the Web for anxious
He said Jay was anxious and wondering why it was taking so long for the police to arrive.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Simba commander yelled the order and anxious rebels began ricocheting bullets into the fleeing group.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The unemployed have a right to be anxious about the ravages on their families exacted by their unemployment.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!|Gene Robinson|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the one hand, she was anxious about her colleagues knowing about her kink.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue|Heather Boerner|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Democrats have been anxious not to nationalize the election as a referendum on President Obama.
Bill was anxious to get back to poor Jack, who he remembered was well-nigh starving.From Powder Monkey to Admiral|W.H.G. Kingston
Tildy was dumpy, plain-faced, and too anxious to please to please.The Four Million|O. Henry
The next morning a great crowd of natives had gathered, and were anxious to get into the boat.King Philip|John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
I daresay the Count has told you that he would not work any more for us, and you are anxious to arrange the matter?A Cigarette-Maker's Romance|F. Marion Crawford
May I ask you to present them with my best—best and most anxious regards?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for anxious
Word Origin for anxious
Word Origin and History for anxious
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.