What does worry mean?

Definitions for worry
ˈwɜr i, ˈwʌr iwor·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word worry.

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"


  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 dog's 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, it'll 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

  6. Origin: [OE. worowen, wirien, to strangle, AS. wyrgan in wyrgan; akin to D. worgen, wurgen, to strangle, OHG. wurgen, G. wrgen, Lith. verszti, and perhaps to E. wring.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Worry

    wur′i, v.t. to tear with the teeth: to harass: to tease: (Scot.) to choke.—v.i. to trouble one's self: to be unduly anxious: to fret:—pa.t. and pa.p. worr′ied.n. act of worrying: trouble, perplexity, vexation.—ns. Worr′ier, one who worries himself or others; Worr′iment (coll.), anxiety.—adj. Worr′isome, causing trouble.—v. Worr′it (slang), to worry.—n. (slang) annoyance.—adj. Worr′ying, harassing.—adv. Worr′yingly.—Worry down, to swallow with a strong effort. [A.S. wyrgan, found in compound áwyrgan, to harm; cf. Dut. worgen, Ger. würgen, to choke; A.S. wearg, werg, a wolf.]

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.

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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

How to pronounce worry?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of worry in a Sentence

  1. Travis Kalanick:

    I worry about it every day.

  2. Andrei Rodrigues:

    There is no reason to worry.

  3. President Lungu:

    There is nothing to worry about.

  4. Dan Zadra:

    Worry is a misuse of imagination.

  5. Laurence J. Peter:

    Don't worry about middle age ?????

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  • قلقArabic
  • amoinar-se, angoixa, preocupar-se, preocupació, preocupar, amoinarCatalan, Valencian
  • starost, znepokojovat, dělat starostiCzech
  • пєштиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • pryderWelsh
  • Sorge, besorgen, besorgt, sich Sorgen machenGerman
  • dzitsitsi, tsi dziEwe
  • ανησυχία, ανησυχώ, έγνοια, έννοιαGreek
  • ĉagreni, ĉagreniĝi, ĉagreno, zorgo, zorgiEsperanto
  • preocupación, preocupar, estar preocupado, zozobra, inquietar, inquietarse, preocuparseSpanish
  • tehdä, harmi, huolia, huolestuttaa, huolestunut, huoli, huolehtia, ärsyttääFinnish
  • souci, angoisse, harceler, inquiéter, s'inquiéterFrench
  • cuir dragh air, iomagainScottish Gaelic
  • הדאיג, דאגה, דאגHebrew
  • aggodalom, aggódikHungarian
  • disturbare, preoccupazione, preoccuparsiItalian
  • לדאוגHebrew
  • 噛む, 振り回す, せがむ, 困らす, 気にする, 心配, じらす, 悩ますJapanese
  • 근심, 걱정, 걱정하다Korean
  • ترساندن, ترسKurdish
  • sollicitorLatin
  • SuergLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • гри́жа, га́јлеMacedonian
  • risau, ريساو, بيمبڠ, رونسيڠ, bimbang, runsingMalay
  • ပူBurmese
  • bezorgd, zorgenDutch
  • uroeNorwegian
  • tʼáadoo leʼé iʼdiiłʼá, yínííł naʼadáNavajo, Navaho
  • zmartwieniePolish
  • preocupação, preocupar, preocupar-sePortuguese
  • grijăRomanian
  • забо́та, волне́ние, волнова́ться, беспоко́йство, трево́га, беспоко́иться, пережива́тьRussian
  • давити, гушити, бринути, brinuti, daviti, gušitiSerbo-Croatian
  • sätta tänderna i, trakassera, ängslan, hetsa, ansätta, oroa, oroa sig, oro, bekymmerSwedish
  • dukudukuSwahili
  • கவலைப்படTamil
  • దిగులు, చింతించు, చింతTelugu
  • ทุกข์ร้อนThai
  • endişe, tasa, endişelendirmek, kaygı, korkutmak, kaygılandırmakTurkish
  • lo, lo lắng, lo ngạiVietnamese
  • Chinese

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