[angk-shuhs, ang-]
full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health.
earnestly desirous; eager (usually followed by an infinitive or for ): anxious to please; anxious for our happiness.
attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness: anxious forebodings.

1615–25; < Latin anxius worried, distressed, derivative of angere to strangle, pain, distress; cf. anguish, -ous

anxiously, adverb
anxiousness, noun
quasi-anxious, adjective
quasi-anxiously, adverb
unanxious, adjective
unanxiously, adverb
unanxiousness, noun

1. concerned, disturbed, apprehensive, fearful, uneasy.

1. calm, confident. 2. reluctant, hesitant.

The earliest sense of anxious (in the 17th century) was “troubled” or “worried”: We are still anxious for the safety of our dear sons in battle. Its meaning “earnestly desirous, eager” arose in the mid-18th century: We are anxious to see our new grandson. Some insist that anxious must always convey a sense of distress or worry and object to its use in the sense of “eager,” but such use is fully standard. Unabridged
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anxious (ˈæŋkʃəs, ˈæŋʃəs)
1.  worried and tense because of possible misfortune, danger, etc; uneasy
2.  fraught with or causing anxiety; worrying; distressing: an anxious time
3.  intensely desirous; eager: anxious for promotion
[C17: from Latin anxius; related to Latin angere to torment; see anger, anguish]

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Word Origin & History

1620s, from L. anxius "solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind," from ang(u)ere "choke, cause distress" (see anger). The same image is in Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba "anxiety," lit. "tightness, narrowness."
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