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anxious (adj.)

1620s, "greatly troubled by uncertainties," from Latin anxius "solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind" (also "causing anxiety, troublesome"), from angere, anguere "to choke, squeeze," figuratively "to torment, cause distress" (from PIE root *angh- "tight, painfully constricted, painful"). The same image is in Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba "anxiety," literally "tightness, narrowness." Meaning "earnestly desirous" (as in anxious to please) is from 1742. Related: Anxiously; anxiousness.

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Definitions of anxious from WordNet

anxious (adj.)
eagerly desirous;
anxious to see the new show at the museum
Synonyms: dying
anxious (adj.)
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety;
spent an anxious night waiting for the test results
cast anxious glances behind her
Synonyms: nervous / queasy / uneasy / unquiet
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