to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill.
to seize, especially by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.
the act of worrying.
Fox Hunting. the action of the hounds in tearing to pieces the carcass of a fox.
worry along / through Informal. to progress or succeed by constant effort, despite difficulty: to worry through an intolerable situation.
Idioms about worry
no worries, Informal. : Also not to worry .
Don’t be worried or troubled; everything will be fine: We'll help you move your stuff, no worries!
(used as a conventional reply to thank you or thanks): Oh, no worries, it was fun having you come with us!
- wor·ri·er, noun
- wor·ri·less, adjective
- wor·ry·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use worry in a sentence
I have no worries about slinging it around camp or strapping it to the roof rack if space is tight in the car.The Matador SEG42 Offers Unrivaled Gear Organization | Graham Averill | August 25, 2020 | Outside Online
It helps that EU lawmakers have already agreed to a giant stimulus spending package for the trading bloc, so that worry is off the table.Investors continue to push global stocks into record territory | Bernhard Warner | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
McMansions are back, in a big way, given the trend toward remote work — and thus the need for office space at home, and no worries about long commutes.
The worry for influencers is whether their audiences would follow them over to Triller if they switched.
Then I could cheerfully traipse from my backyard to a neighbor’s driveway and then on to a dark corner booth somewhere with no worries.Every Decision Is A Risk. Every Risk Is A Decision. | Maggie Koerth (firstname.lastname@example.org) | July 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.
And the authorities also worry that the December fires are just the beginning.
But in the days ahead he, his brother, and the others will be back in the street while their families worry at home.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos | Michael Daly | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I wish this was the last time I had to worry about hunger and bombs.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War? | Niqash | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is a well-documented phenomenon which does not worry specialists.
In sheer nervousness, Hilda also dropped to her knees on the hearthrug, and began to worry the fire with the poker.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
His only worry at the time lay in the dark sky above and the blue-white stabs of lightning that promised an electrical storm.
No, there was nothing to worry about as long as that relentless hunter of criminals known as the Black Hood kept off their tail.
I should worry if Burd has a dozen maiden aunts,” observed Amy scornfully, “and they all knitted him red wristlets!The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Matt began to appreciate the difficulties ahead of him and to worry a little about the outcome.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for worry
to be or cause to be anxious or uneasy, esp about something uncertain or potentially dangerous
(tr) to disturb the peace of mind of; bother: don't worry me with trivialities
(intr; often foll by along or through) to proceed despite difficulties
(intr often foll by away) to struggle or work: to worry away at a problem
(tr) (of a dog, wolf, etc) to lacerate or kill by biting, shaking, etc
(when intr, foll by at) to bite, tear, or gnaw (at) with the teeth: a dog worrying a bone
(tr) to move as specified, esp by repeated pushes: they worried the log into the river
(tr) to touch or poke repeatedly and idly
obsolete to choke or cause to choke
not to worry informal you need not worry
a state or feeling of anxiety
a person or thing that causes anxiety
an act of worrying
no worries informal an expression used to express agreement or to convey that something is proceeding or has proceeded satisfactorily; no problem
- worrying, adjective
- worryingly, adverb
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