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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anxious mean? 

ANXIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective ANXIOUS has 2 senses:

1. eagerly desirous
2. causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

  Familiarity information: ANXIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ANXIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1anxious [BACK TO TOP]


Eagerly desirous


anxious; dying

Context examples:

anxious to see the new show at the museum / dying to hear who won


eager (having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Sense 2anxious [BACK TO TOP]


Causing or fraught with or showing anxiety


anxious; nervous; uneasy; unquiet; queasy

Context examples:

spent an anxious night waiting for the test results / cast anxious glances behind her / those nervous moments before takeoff / an unquiet mind


troubled (characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need)

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