Variant of worry
- to harass or treat roughly with or as with continual biting or tearing with the teeth: a dog worrying a bone
- to pluck at, push on, touch, etc. repeatedly in a nervous or determined way: worrying the loose tooth with his tongue
- to annoy, bother, harass, vex, etc.
- to cause to feel troubled or uneasy; make anxious; distress
Origin: Middle English wirwen from Old English wyrgan, to strangle, injure, akin to German würgen, to strangle from Indo-European an unverified form werĝh-, to twist, choke from base an unverified form wer-, to twist from source worm
- to bite, pull, or tear (at an object) with or as with the teeth
- to feel distressed in the mind; be anxious, troubled, or uneasy
- to manage to get (along or through) in the face of trials and difficulties
- the act of worrying
- a troubled state of mind; anxiety; distress; care; uneasiness
- something that causes anxiety
- worrier noun
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