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:
On Sunday, the world will anxiously await these character’s final fates.
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Dozens of tearful family members huddled at the Surabaya and Singapore airports, anxiously awaiting news of loved ones.
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At the very least, you’ll anxiously await the next round of juice.
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Alexandra watched him anxiously; the cold was bitter enough on the ground.
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“Seems like he gets thinner every day,” he commented, anxiously.
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The approach of the frigate was anxiously watched from the decks of the prizes.
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Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!
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Josephine anxiously ran her eye over the record of the executions, and found the name of her husband in the fatal list.
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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
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.
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. Historical Examples Was it to […]
any person. a person of some importance: If you’re anybody, you’ll receive an invitation. anybody’s guess, a matter of conjecture: It’s anybody’s guess why she quit. Contemporary Examples We never imagined, it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent. Palin’s Other Arizona ‘Targets’ Shushannah Walshe January 9, 2011 “As anybody who has […]
- Any day
No particular time, as in It doesn’t matter when; any day is fine with me. Also, any day now. Quite soon, as in I might get a call any day, or There could be a snowstorm any day now. Also, any day of the week. Every day, as in I could eat fresh corn any […]
- Any key
any key humour, hardware The key that particularly confused users look for on their computer keyboards when instructed to “Press any key to continue”. “But my keyboard doesn’t have a key labelled ‘any’!”. Compaq FAQ (http://web14.compaq.com/falco/detail.asp?FAQnum=FAQ2859). (2003-09-30)