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
Examples from the Web for worrier
Historical Examples of worrier
The sufferer from stage-fright can hardly fail to be a worrier.
The hardest task for the worrier at home is to get away from home.
There is nothing occult in the suggestion that the worrier cultivate a fad.
The worrier must learn to realize that he is looking at his sensations, as he does everything else, through a microscope.
There is no more danger of insanity attacking the worrier and the delicate than the robust and the indifferent.
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.).