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[wur-ee-wawrt, wuhr-] /ˈwɜr iˌwɔrt, ˈwʌr-/
a person who tends to worry habitually and often needlessly; pessimist; fussbudget.
Origin of worrywart
First recorded in 1930-35; worry + wart Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Word Origin and History for worry wart

1956, from comic strip "Out Our Way" by U.S. cartoonist J.R. Williams (1888-1957). According to those familiar with the strip, Worry Wart was the name of a character who caused others to worry, which is the inverse of the current colloquial meaning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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noun phrase

A person who worries excessively; a constantly apprehensive person

[1956+; fr the designation of such a person in the comic strip ''Out Our Way'' by J R Williams]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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