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  1. the state of being greatly worried; mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; anxiety: The warm welcome from her new classmates made all her anxiousness go away.

  2. the state of being earnestly desirous; eagerness (followed by to or for): As he sat in the cabin of the combat plane, he felt no fear or apprehension, just anxiousness to get airborne.

Origin of anxiousness

First recorded in 1630–40; anxious + -ness

Other words from anxiousness

  • un·anx·ious·ness, noun

Words Nearby anxiousness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anxiousness in a sentence

  • But that didn't seem to soften my worry and overall anxiousness.

  • Each of the three faces was pale enough; but Pamela had the trouble of these two, as well as her own anxiousness in her eyes.

    Theo | Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Certain elder members of his congregation had privately discussed questions of doctrine with anxiousness.

  • My heart throbbed violently, less with the hopes of triumph than with the anxiousness of duplicity, and the dread of detection.

    Discipline | Mary Brunton
  • It was when his glance encountered hers after he said this that each regarded the other with a slow growing anxiousness.

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Dowie shook her head and he saw that the old anxiousness came back upon her.

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett