September 22, 2014
- anxious (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : afraid or nervous about what might happen : worried2 : desiring earnestly
- How do you use it?
- I was anxious to be done with middle school and looked forward to high school.
- Are you a word wiz?
What is the meaning of the root verb that ultimately gave us "anxious"?It's no coincidence that authors sometimes describe anxiety as a constriction of the throat, or an inability to breathe. The root that gave us "anxious" is the Latin verb "angere," which means "to strangle." "Angere" also came to mean "to distress," and this influenced the creation of the Latin word "anxius," meaning "anxious." We borrowed the word directly from Latin, only changing the spelling. "Angere" has one other common English descendant: "anger."