- Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.
- Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; as, anxious labor."The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares." [Milton.]
- Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please."He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform." [Macaulay.]synonyms: Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless; concerned; disturbed; watchful.
Note: Anxious is followed by foraboutconcerning, etc., before the object of solicitude.
Etymology: L. anxius, fr. angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke. See Anger