worry beads


noun (used with a plural verb)

a string of beads manipulated to relieve worry and tension.

Nearby words

  1. worrier,
  2. worriment,
  3. worrisome,
  4. worrit,
  5. worry,
  6. worry wart,
  7. worryguts,
  8. worrying,
  9. worrywart,
  10. worse

Origin of worry beads

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for worry beads

worry beads

pl n

a string of beads that when fingered or played with supposedly relieves nervous tension
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