[ wur-eed, wuhr- ]
/ ˈwɜr id, ˈwʌr- /


having or characterized by worry; concerned; anxious: Their worried parents called the police.
indicating, expressing, or attended by worry: worried looks.

Nearby words

  1. wormy,
  2. worn,
  3. worn out,
  4. worn to a frazzle,
  5. worn-out,
  6. worried sick,
  7. worried well,
  8. worriedly,
  9. worrier,
  10. worriment

Origin of worried

First recorded in 1550–60; worry + -ed2

Related formswor·ried·ly, adverbun·wor·ried, adjective

Origin of worry

before 900; Middle English weryen, werwen, wyrwyn to strangle, bite, harass, Old English wyrgan to strangle; cognate with German würgen

Related formswor·ri·er, nounwor·ri·less, adjectivewor·ry·ing·ly, adverb

Synonym study

3. Worry, annoy, harass all mean to disturb or interfere with someone's comfort or peace of mind. To worry is to cause anxiety, apprehension, or care: to worry one's parents. To annoy is to vex or irritate by continued repetition of interferences: to annoy the neighbors. Harass implies long-continued worry and annoyance: Cares of office harass a president. 6. See concern.

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British Dictionary definitions for worried


/ (ˈwʌrɪd) /


feeling uneasy about a situation or thing; anxious
Derived Formsworriedly, adverb


/ (ˈwʌrɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

noun plural -ries

Derived Formsworrying, adjectiveworryingly, adverb

Word Origin for worry

Old English wyrgan; related to Old Frisian wergia to kill, Old High German wurgen (German (er) würgen to strangle), Old Norse virgill, urga rope

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