from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried.
- adj. Attended with, showing, or causing anxiety: spent an anxious night waiting for the test results.
- adj. Usage Problem Eagerly or earnestly desirous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, especially respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense;—applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.
- adj. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;—applied to things; as, anxious labor.
- adj. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons.
- adj. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things.
- adj. Earnestly desirous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of anxiety or solicitude; greatly troubled or solicitous, especially about something future or unknown; being in painful suspense: applied to persons.
- Attended with, proceeding from, or manifesting solicitude or uneasiness: applied to things: as, anxious forebodings; anxious labor.
- Earnestly desirous or solicitous: as, anxious to please; anxious to do right.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. eagerly desirous
- adj. causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
From Latin ānxius, from angere, to torment; see angh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French *anxios, Latin anxius, from angō ("to cause pain, choke"); akin to Ancient Greek ἄγχειν ('a`gchein, "to choke"). See anger. (Wiktionary)