worrywart

[wur-ee-wawrt, wuhr-]

Origin of worrywart

First recorded in 1930–35; worry + wart
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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