[oh-ver-angk-shuh s, -ang-]


excessively anxious.

Origin of overanxious

First recorded in 1735–45; over- + anxious
Related formso·ver·anx·i·e·ty [oh-ver-ang-zahy-i-tee] /ˈoʊ vər æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti/, o·ver·anx·ious·ness, nouno·ver·anx·ious·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of over-anxious

Historical Examples of over-anxious

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for over-anxious



excessively worried, tense, or uneasy
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Word Origin and History for over-anxious

1713, from over- + anxious. Related: Overanxiously; overanxiousness.

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