[ oh-ver-angk-shuhs, -ang- ]
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  1. excessively anxious.

Origin of overanxious

First recorded in 1735–45; over- + anxious

Other words from overanxious

  • o·ver·anx·i·e·ty [oh-ver-ang-zahy-i-tee], /ˈoʊ vər æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti/, o·ver·anx·ious·ness, noun
  • o·ver·anx·ious·ly, adverb

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How to use overanxious in a sentence

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

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  • She was being made temporarily ill by the unwise and unfortunate suggestions of the overanxious mother.

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

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  • It is remarkable how the state of being overanxious spoils a creature's humour and mars the brightest sally.

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  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for overanxious


/ (ˌəʊvərˈæŋkʃəs, -ˈæŋʃəs) /

  1. excessively worried, tense, or uneasy

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