worrywart

[ wur-ee-wawrt, wuhr- ]
/ ˈwɜr iˌwɔrt, ˈwʌr- /

noun

a person who tends to worry habitually and often needlessly; pessimist; fussbudget.

Nearby words

  1. worry,
  2. worry beads,
  3. worry wart,
  4. worryguts,
  5. worrying,
  6. worse,
  7. worse for wear,
  8. worsen,
  9. worser,
  10. worset

Origin of worrywart

First recorded in 1930–35; worry + wart

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


Word Origin and History for worry wart

worry wart

n.

1956, from comic strip "Out Our Way" by U.S. cartoonist J.R. Williams (1888-1957). According to those familiar with the strip, Worry Wart was the name of a character who caused others to worry, which is the inverse of the current colloquial meaning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper