verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
noun, plural wor·ries.
- worry beads,
- worry wart,
Origin of worry
Examples from the Web for worries
Cereal brings back memories of lazy mornings and easy extravagance, a time when worries were few and comfort was plenty.
And when asked whether he worries about Studio Ghibli after he and Takahata retire, Miyazaki is frank.
As the holidays approach, Hohlfelder worries that concern will further dwindle.
He worries that pain is a front for the real issue—a devaluing of people with disabilities.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Overreaction is still a concern that worries public-health experts.
Gramma worries all the time for fear he has rheumatism, and nobody to rub on liniment, or make him wear the right underclothes.Just Patty|Jean Webster
It has been well said that though men carry more of the wood, women carry not less of the worries of life.Household Administration|Various
As to the moral difficulties and worries of those months at Haggart, Ashe remembered them as little as might be.The Marriage of William Ashe|Mrs. Humphry Ward
And yet, for all their worries, what would we do without the ladies?Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
One of the worries of modern life is the perplexity where to spend the summer.A Little Journey in the World|Charles Dudley Warner
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.).