I. adjective 1. feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome • she was extremely anxious about her exams
• an anxious look.
2. [ attrib.] — (of a situation or period of time) causing or characterized by worry or nervousness • there were some anxious moments.
3. very eager or concerned to do something or for something to happen • the company was anxious to avoid any trouble
• [with clause]
my parents were anxious that I get an education.
II. derivatives anxiousness /ˈaŋkʃəsnəs / noun
– origin early 17th cent.: from Latin anxius (from angere ‘to choke’) + -ous.