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anxious

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1 feeling or showing uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty
  • was anxious about the play tryouts scheduled for the following day
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keyed up, on edge, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks

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2 marked by or causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings
  • The whole crowd seemed to make an anxious gasp as the home team almost fumbled the ball.
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eager, avid, keen, anxious, athirst mean moved by a strong and urgent desire or interest. eager implies ardor and enthusiasm and sometimes impatience at delay or restraint.
    • eager to get started
avid adds to eager the implication of insatiability or greed.
    • avid for new thrills
keen suggests intensity of interest and quick responsiveness in action.
    • keen on the latest fashions
anxious emphasizes fear of frustration or failure or disappointment.
    • anxious not to make a social blunder
athirst stresses yearning but not necessarily readiness for action.
    • athirst for adventure

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