worried

[ wur-eed, wuhr- ]
/ ˈwɜr id, ˈwʌr- /

adjective

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

Origin of worried

First recorded in 1550–60; worry + -ed2

Related forms

wor·ried·ly, adverbun·wor·ried, adjective

Definition for worried (2 of 2)

Origin of worry

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

Related forms

wor·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 (1 of 2)

worried

/ (ˈwʌrɪd) /

adjective

feeling uneasy about a situation or thing; anxious

Derived Forms

worriedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for worried (2 of 2)

worry

/ (ˈwʌrɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

noun plural -ries

Derived Forms

worrying, 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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