Full of anxiety or disquietude greatly concerned or solicitous esp respecting something future or unknown being in painful suspense applied to persons as anxious for the issue of a battle
- causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
- excitedly desirous
- saturated in anxiety or disquietude; significantly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting some thing future or unidentified; being in painful anticipation; -- applied to persons; because, nervous for the problem of a fight.
- Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; since, nervous labor.
- Earnestly desirous; as, nervous to kindly.
1620s, from Latin anxius "solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind" (additionally "causing anxiety, troublesome"), from angere, anguere "choke, squeeze," figuratively "torment, trigger distress" (see fury (v.)). Exactly the same picture is within Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba "anxiety," actually "tightness, narrowness." Relevant: Anxiously; anxiety.
(a.) high in anxiety or disquietude; significantly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting one thing future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; because, anxious for dilemma of a battle.
- (a.) associated with, or causing, anxiety; stressing; -- put on things; since, nervous labor.
- (a.) Earnestly desirous; since, anxious to please.
So highly was he now esteemed for his courage, abilities and integrity, that all parties were anxious to have him on their side (Eloge, by Montesquieu).