[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 overanxious

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

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    The Bullying Backlash

    Lisa Wolfe

    December 1, 2010

Historical Examples of overanxious

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


    James J. Walsh

  • I offered to keep it for them, but they were not overanxious to part with the cash.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Once before, in the Maine woods, he had been an unwilling target, on that occasion for an overanxious deer hunter.


    Eliot H. Robinson

  • “Aunt Prissy likes Louise; we all do,” pleaded Faith; so her father said no more, thinking that perhaps he had been overanxious.

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga

    Alice Turner Curtis

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

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

British Dictionary definitions for overanxious



excessively worried, tense, or uneasy
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