- to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
- to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill.
- to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
- 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.
- 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.
- no worries, Informal. Don’t be troubled; it is of no concern: If you can’t make it to the party, no worries.Also not to worry.
Origin of worry
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Examples from the Web for worrying
But it is a worrying claim nonetheless, one of many testing the boundaries of this new area of law.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights
November 23, 2014
The idea that this journey is being transformed into a “pay-per-prayer” weekend, as Sardar notes, is heart wrenching and worrying.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
It was nearing naptime and so the three hurried to grab groceries, worrying that the baby would get fussy after too long.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
But it is worrying that not even Congress is immune to this type of behavior.Senate Pigs Called Kirsten Gillibrand 'Porky'
August 28, 2014
The refugees aren't alone in worrying about the consequences of aerial bombing.This Is How You Fight ISIS
June 19, 2014
But the things are an eyesore, and mother was worrying herself to death about them.Viviette
William J. Locke
"He's worrying himself to death about Mr. Hancock," she said.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
"I've refused all these to Uncle Timothy; he's been worrying me with questions—" I said desperately.The Bacillus of Beauty
The question of landing was worrying Grant at that time and worrying him terribly.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Rosemonde was worrying my life out, and so I got rid of her by packing her off with Silviane.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- to be or cause to be anxious or uneasy, esp about something uncertain or potentially dangerous
- (tr) to disturb the peace of mind of; botherdon't worry me with trivialities
- (intr; often foll by along or through) to proceed despite difficulties
- (intr often foll by away) to struggle or workto 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 teetha dog worrying a bone
- (tr) to move as specified, esp by repeated pushesthey 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
Word Origin and History for worrying
Old English wyrgan "to strangle," from West Germanic *wurgijanan (cf. Middle Dutch worghen, Dutch worgen, Old High German wurgen, German würgen "to strangle," Old Norse virgill "rope"), from PIE *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Worrisome; worrying.
The oldest sense was obsolete in English after c.1600; meaning "annoy, bother, vex," first recorded 1670s, developed from that of "harass by rough or severe treatment" (1550s), as of dogs or wolves attacking sheep. Meaning "to cause mental distress or trouble" is attested from 1822; intransitive sense of "to feel anxiety or mental trouble" is first recorded 1860.
1804, from worry (v.).