(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Disturbed in mind]
Syn. apprehensive, concerned, uneasy, worried; see afraid 1 , troubled 1 , uneasy 1 .
2. [Eager]
Syn. deSirous, zealous, eager, fervent; see eager , enthusiastic 1 , 2 .
See Synonym Study at eager .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. nervous tense, apprehensive, jittery, shaky, *on pins and needles, uneasy, *sweating bullets, disquieted, fearful, edgy, *uptight, jumpy, *strung out, overwrought, *unglued, *wired, *worked up, ill at ease.
Facial expressions and body language: wide-eyed, blinking nervously, smiling spastic-ally, forcing a smile, lip-twitching, pacing, throat-clearing, gulping, swallowing a lump in the throat, face paling, nails dug into palms, palms sweating, stomach knotting, stomach clenching and fluttering, fidgeting, finger-drumming, sweating, hyperventilating, spasms crossing the face, swallowing dryly, teeth-grinding/gnashing/clamping, toes curling tightly in one's shoes, hand-wringing, clasping and unclasping hands, struggling to control one's voice, voice strained/constricted/quavering/strangled/rising an octave, adrenalin coursing through arteries, butterflies in stomach, nausea, jitters, heart palpitations.
see frightened
eager *itching, impatient, *raring to go, intent, fervent, desirous.
ANT.: 1. relaxed, calm, cool, at ease. 2. apathetic, indifferent
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective In a state of anxiety or uneasiness: agitated, concerned, distressed, nervous, solicitous, uneasy, unsettled. See FEELINGS.

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