Worry Definition

wûrē, wŭrē
worried, worries, worrying
worried, worries, worrying
To bite, pull, or tear (at an object) with or as with the teeth.
Webster's New World
To pluck at, push on, touch, etc. repeatedly in a nervous or determined way.
Worrying the loose tooth with his tongue.
Webster's New World
To cause to feel troubled or uneasy; make anxious; distress.
Webster's New World
To manage to get (along or through) in the face of trials and difficulties.
Webster's New World
To feel distressed in the mind; be anxious, troubled, or uneasy.
Webster's New World
The act of worrying.
Webster's New World
A troubled state of mind; anxiety; distress; care; uneasiness.
Webster's New World
Something that causes anxiety.
Webster's New World
not to worry
  • There is nothing to worry about; there is no need to be concerned:
American Heritage
not to worry!
  • you do not need to worry!
Webster's New World

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Origin of Worry

  • From Middle English werien, worien, wirwen "˜to choke, strangle', from Old English wyrÄ¡an, from Proto-Germanic *wurgijanÄ… (compare Dutch worgen, wurgen, German würgen), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵʰ- "˜bind, squeeze' (compare Latin urgere "˜to press, push', Lithuanian ver̃žti "˜to string; squeeze', Russian (poetic) отверзать (otverzát') "˜to open', literally "˜untie'). Related to wring.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English werien, worien to strangle from Old English wyrgan wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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