- 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 anxiously
Dozens of tearful family members huddled at the Surabaya and Singapore airports, anxiously awaiting news of loved ones.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
She had been there as my mother and I sat with him around the clock, sleeping by his bedside, anxiously checking his vitals.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
As much as she wants Four, she anxiously awaits the physical intimacy that this desire is pushing her towards.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture
March 28, 2014
As she was anxiously awaiting her open-carry permit, she began shopping for a purse that would fit her weapon.Concealed Carry Handbags: An Evening Bag for Your Gun?
October 15, 2013
On Sunday, the world will anxiously await these character's final fates.Listen to ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul’s New Dance Song, “Dance Bitch”
September 27, 2013
Yet he was the boy to whom Mrs. Roberts' desires had gone out the most anxiously.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The instant she was out of the room, Griggs turned to Garson anxiously.Within the Law
"I hope you don't feel as if you must stay on," she said anxiously.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Seems like he gets thinner every day," he commented, anxiously.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!Night and Morning, 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 anxiously
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.