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anxious +‎ -ly


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæŋ(k).ʃə
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anxiously (comparative more anxiously, superlative most anxiously)

  1. In an anxious manner; with painful uncertainty; solicitously.
    He anxiously awaited the arrival of his child.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published 1919, OCLC 491297620:
      He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. [] But she said she must go back, and when they joined the crowd again [] she found her mother standing up before the seat on which she had sat all the evening searching anxiously for her with her eyes, and her father by her side.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 46:
      'Even in summer, Grannie?' Heidi persisted anxiously.