Anxiously



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.
Contemporary Examples

On Sunday, the world will anxiously await these character’s final fates.
Listen to ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul’s New Dance Song, “Dance Bitch” Amy Zimmerman September 26, 2013

Dozens of tearful family members huddled at the Surabaya and Singapore airports, anxiously awaiting news of loved ones.
The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 Lennox Samuels December 28, 2014

At the very least, you’ll anxiously await the next round of juice.
Great Weekend Reads May 28, 2011

Dull thuds as a missile or shell impacts sends people scurrying and anxiously scanning the skies.
Syria’s Dying Revolution Jamie Dettmer December 19, 2012

As she was anxiously awaiting her open-carry permit, she began shopping for a purse that would fit her weapon.
Concealed Carry Handbags: An Evening Bag for Your Gun? Erin Cunningham October 14, 2013

Historical Examples

Alexandra watched him anxiously; the cold was bitter enough on the ground.
O Pioneers! Willa Cather

“Seems like he gets thinner every day,” he commented, anxiously.
Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

The approach of the frigate was anxiously watched from the decks of the prizes.
With Moore at Corunna G. A. Henty

Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!
Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Josephine anxiously ran her eye over the record of the executions, and found the name of her husband in the fatal list.
Hortense, Makers of History Series John S. C. Abbott

adjective
worried and tense because of possible misfortune, danger, etc; uneasy
fraught with or causing anxiety; worrying; distressing: an anxious time
intensely desirous; eager: anxious for promotion
adj.

1620s, from Latin anxius “solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind” (also “causing anxiety, troublesome”), from angere, anguere “choke, squeeze,” figuratively “torment, cause distress” (see anger (v.)). The same image is in Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba “anxiety,” literally “tightness, narrowness.” Related: Anxiously; anxiousness.

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