Definitions for worryˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wor•ry*ˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i(v.)-ried, -ry•ing

  1. (v.i.)to feel uneasy or anxious; torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to move with effort:

    an old car worrying uphill.

  3. (v.t.)to make uneasy or anxious; cause anxiety, apprehension, or care.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. to disturb with annoyances; plague.

  5. to seize, esp. by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  6. to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.

  7. to examine, adjust, or handle continually or repeatedly.

  8. (n.)a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.

  9. a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.

  10. the act of worrying.

* Syn: See concern.

Origin of worry:

bef. 900; ME weryen, werwen to strangle, harass, OE wyrgan to strangle, c. OHG wurgan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. concern, worry, headache, vexation(noun)

    something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

    "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"

  2. worry, trouble(verb)

    a strong feeling of anxiety

    "his worry over the prospect of being fired"; "it is not work but worry that kills"; "he wanted to die and end his troubles"

  3. worry(verb)

    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

    "I worry about my job"

  4. worry, care(verb)

    be concerned with

    "I worry about my grades"

  5. worry, vex(verb)

    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

    "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"

  6. concern, interest, occupy, worry(verb)

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"

  7. worry(verb)

    lacerate by biting

    "the dog worried his bone"

  8. worry(verb)

    touch or rub constantly

    "The old man worried his beads"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. worry(verb)ˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i

    to feel anxious or nervous

    You worry too much.; They worry (that) there isn't enough money.; Why worry about it?

  2. worryˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i

    used to tell sb not to be worried

    Don't worry. I'm sure they're fine.

  3. worryˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i

    used to tell sb they do not need to do sth

    Don't worry about driving me - I'll take the bus.

  4. worry(noun)ˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i

    a cause of anxiety

    The agency's biggest worry is that supplies will run out.

  5. worryˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr i

    anxiety or nervousness

    She's sick with worry about her future.


  1. worry(Noun)

    A strong feeling of anxiety.

    I'm afflicted by worry throughout the night.

  2. worry(Noun)

    An instance or cause of such a feeling.

    My main worry is that I'll miss the train.

  3. worry(Verb)

    To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.

    Your dogu2019s been worrying sheep again.

  4. worry(Verb)

    To harass; to irritate or distress.

    The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.

  5. worry(Verb)

    Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.

    Your tone of voice worries me.

  6. worry(Verb)

    To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.

    Stop worrying about your test, itu2019ll be fine.

  7. worry(Verb)

    To strangle.

  8. Origin: wyrġan. Cognate with German würgen ‘strangle’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worry(verb)

    to harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth

  2. Worry(verb)

    to harass or beset with importunity, or with care an anxiety; to vex; to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret; to trouble; to plague

  3. Worry(verb)

    to harass with labor; to fatigue

  4. Worry(verb)

    to feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful; to chafe; as, the child worries; the horse worries

  5. Worry(noun)

    a state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret; as, to be in a worry


  1. Worry

    Worry is thoughts, images and emotions of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats. As an emotion it is experienced as anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue, usually personal issues such as health or finances or broader ones such as environmental pollution and social or technological change. Most people experience short-lived periods of worry in their lives without incident; indeed, a moderate amount of worrying may even have positive effects, if it prompts people to take precautions or avoid risky behaviours. Excessive worry is the main component of generalized anxiety disorder.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. worry

    Ironic nurse to old bedridden Dame Care. _E. g._, "I should worry"--famous saying of the Infinite Nix at twelve o'clock Saturday night of the Sixth Day as he threw down his tools and sent the Earth about its business.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WORRY

    A state of mind that leads some persons to fear, every time the tide goes out, that it won't come in again.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2652

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #856

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worry' in Nouns Frequency: #1916

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worry' in Verbs Frequency: #335

Translations for worry

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) feel anxious

His dangerous driving worries me; His mother is worried about his education; There's no need to worry just because he's late.

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