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:
Was it to speak of his anxiousness as to the state of her father’s health that he had led her there, and that he held her hand?
Beauchamp’s Career, Complete George Meredith
One day he was seized with anxiousness for his soul’s future.
The Silver Lining John Roussel
What anxiousness when any danger threatens the hero, be he king’s son or a wheat-straw!
Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories Charles Alexander McMurry
By another spring the aching and anxiousness were a little dulled, for habit blunts even the keen edge of mortal pain.
The Children’s Book of Thanksgiving Stories Various
But his father’s anxiousness would be greater than his own could be.
The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
And the anxiousness of her spirits directed her eyes towards his figure so repeatedly, as to catch Miss Tilney’s notice.
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
A slight shade of anxiousness showed itself in her eyes, and Betty sat down by her and took her hand.
The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett
Each of the three faces was pale enough; but Pamela had the trouble of these two, as well as her own anxiousness in her eyes.
Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
And the anxiousness of the combat and the battle came upon him.
The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Tin B Calnge Unknown
To be happy is a cause of anxiousness to me; he said, I would like to live long in this house.
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1 Elizabeth Bisland
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.
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)
- Any longer
With added length, as in If this skirt were any longer it would sweep the floor. Still, any more, as in They don’t make this model any longer . This negative form is often put as no longer