[wur-ee-suhm, wuhr-]


worrying, annoying, or disturbing; causing worry: a worrisome problem.
inclined to worry.

Origin of worrisome

First recorded in 1835–45; worry + -some1
Related formswor·ri·some·ly, adverb

Synonyms for worrisome

1. vexing, troublesome, trying, irksome.
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Examples from the Web for worrisome

Contemporary Examples of worrisome

Historical Examples of worrisome

  • This losing of the deeds has been the most worrisome thing that I hope will ever happen to me.

  • It was a worrisome thing, and all the more so because there was nothing that could be done about it.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • Then he gazed wildly about him as though to escape from his own worrisome thoughts.

  • The most worrisome task about a Homeburg band was keeping it alive.

    Homeburg Memories

    George Helgesen Fitch

  • The weeks since his arrival had been the most worrisome she could remember.

British Dictionary definitions for worrisome



causing worry; vexing
tending to worry
Derived Formsworrisomely, adverb
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Word Origin and History for worrisome

1845, from worry + -some (1). Related: Worrisomely.

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