verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
noun, plural wor·ries.
Origin of worry
Synonyms for worry
Examples from the Web for worrying
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of worrying
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
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for worry
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.).