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 worryingly
Contemporary Examples of worryingly
Their presence makes you think all the better (worryingly) of all the arrested development-struck British men.‘Made in Chelsea’ Has a New York Moment
August 19, 2014
And worryingly, 20 years after Roe vs. Wade, only 12 percent of OB-GYN programs taught abortion techniques.The Medical Community’s Hidden Abortion-Training War
February 27, 2014
Worryingly, such a bloody reprisal would not be out of character.Somalia Pirates Adopt Troubling New Tactics
Jay Bahadur, Venetia Archer
January 31, 2012
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.).