over·​anx·​ious ˌō-vər-ˈaŋ(k)-shəs How to pronounce overanxious (audio)
: excessively or needlessly anxious
overanxious parents
was feeling overanxious about the upcoming test

Examples of overanxious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guys don’t get overanxious. Star Tribune, 30 July 2020 Doncic might sling a pass across the span of an overanxious defense, to an unmarked teammate in the distant corner. Robert O'Connell, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 In the wake of humiliation in Afghanistan, would Washington be overanxious to demonstrate America’s continuing strength? Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 In our overanxious age, worrying is sometimes now associated with the problem of overparenting. Perri Klass, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 But his presence was charming, like an overanxious kid brother who nonetheless puts everyone at ease. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2020 Brady got a bit overanxious on her return, overhitting a backhand return for deuce, and Osaka took the game two points later with a backhand crosscourt winner. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overanxious was circa 1643

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“Overanxious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overanxious. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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