Origin of worried
verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
noun, plural wor·ries.
Origin of worry
Synonyms for worry
Related Words for worriedperturbed, distressed, concerned, distracted, upset, bothered, disturbed, tense, frightened, clutched, afraid, apprehensive, distraught, fearful, fretful, nervous, overwrought, solicitous, uneasy, uptight
Examples from the Web for worried
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of worried
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
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for worry
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.).