Origin of worried
- to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
- to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill.
- to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
- to seize, especially by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
- to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
- a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
- a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.
- act of worrying.
- Fox Hunting. the action of the hounds in tearing to pieces the carcass of a fox.
- worry along/through, Informal. to progress or succeed by constant effort, despite difficulty: to worry through an intolerable situation.
- no worries, Informal. Don’t be troubled; it is of no concern: If you can’t make it to the party, no worries.Also not to worry.
Origin of worry
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Examples from the Web for worried
Why a 26-year-old with no ties to the 2012 GOP nominee and no campaign experience has them worried.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
Before the Maidan revolution, Russian political refugees living in Kiev were worried about their safety.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev
December 16, 2014
U.S. spies are worried the long-awaited Senate review will paint targets on their backs.CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies
Shane Harris, Kimberly Dozier
December 9, 2014
A guy wearing pink appeared to be spotting her, but I was worried that he could have gotten impaled by those Stiletto heels.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Which is why he may be worried now about an issue that has drawn little attention outside the country.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
I got all worried up about him, barely peckin' at a crumb or two.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Suddenly, however, something happened that worried him greatly.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She must never be worried with the slightest inkling of what has happened.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
I worried along, however, to get out of that neighborhood as soon as possible.Biography of a Slave
I worried a lot about it, because, although at first I hated her, now I don't.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- feeling uneasy about a situation or thing; anxious
- to be or cause to be anxious or uneasy, esp about something uncertain or potentially dangerous
- (tr) to disturb the peace of mind of; botherdon't worry me with trivialities
- (intr; often foll by along or through) to proceed despite difficulties
- (intr often foll by away) to struggle or workto worry away at a problem
- (tr) (of a dog, wolf, etc) to lacerate or kill by biting, shaking, etc
- (when intr, foll by at) to bite, tear, or gnaw (at) with the teetha dog worrying a bone
- (tr) to move as specified, esp by repeated pushesthey worried the log into the river
- (tr) to touch or poke repeatedly and idly
- obsolete to choke or cause to choke
- not to worry informal you need not worry
- a state or feeling of anxiety
- a person or thing that causes anxiety
- an act of worrying
- no worries informal an expression used to express agreement or to convey that something is proceeding or has proceeded satisfactorily; no problem
Word Origin and History for worried
Old English wyrgan "to strangle," from West Germanic *wurgijanan (cf. Middle Dutch worghen, Dutch worgen, Old High German wurgen, German würgen "to strangle," Old Norse virgill "rope"), from PIE *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Worrisome; worrying.
The oldest sense was obsolete in English after c.1600; meaning "annoy, bother, vex," first recorded 1670s, developed from that of "harass by rough or severe treatment" (1550s), as of dogs or wolves attacking sheep. Meaning "to cause mental distress or trouble" is attested from 1822; intransitive sense of "to feel anxiety or mental trouble" is first recorded 1860.
1804, from worry (v.).