Worry

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English

Verb

Worry (third-person singular simple present worries, present participle Worrying, simple past and past participle worried)

  1. (transitive) To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.
    Your dog’s been worrying sheep again.
  2. (transitive) To harass; to irritate or distress.
    The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.
  3. (transitive) Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
    Your tone of voice worries me.
  4. (intransitive) To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.
    Stop worrying about your test, it’ll be fine.
  5. (transitive, obsolete, except in Scots) To strangle.

Noun

Worry (plural worries)
  1. A strong feeling of anxiety.
    I'm afflicted by worry throughout the night.
  2. An instance or cause of such a feeling.
    My main worry is that I'll miss the train.

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Adjectives for Worry

manifold (pi); mental; faint; territorial; eternal; death-dealing.

Verbs for Worry

afflict with—; allay—; bear—; beset with —; betray—; dispel—; drown—; experience——; immerse in—; induce—; occasion—; plunge into—; relieve of—; submerge in—; imburden—; —harasses; —harrows; — haunts; —hounds; —lashes; —oppresses; —plagues; —preys upon; —racks; —rends; —retards; —rings; —shatters; —weighs upon.

Adverbs for Worry

morbidly; miserably; neurotically; perpetually; abnormally; needlessly; desperately.

Thesaurus

ado, afflict, aggravate, aggravation, aggrieve, agitate, ail, anguish, annoy, annoyance, anxiety, bad news, badger, bait, be at, be the matter, bedevil, bedevilment, beleaguer, beset, besetment, bore, bother, botheration, bothersomeness, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up, can of worms, care, carry on, chafe, chivy, complicate matters, concern, concernment, crashing bore, despair, devil, devilment, difficulty, disadvantage, discommode, discompose, disquiet, disquietude, distemper, distress, disturb, dog, dogging, doubt, downer, drag, dun, evil, exasperate, exasperation, exercise, fash, fret, fret and fume, fretting, fuss, get, give up, gnaw, goad, great ado, gripe, harass, harassment, harry, harrying, haunt, headache, heartache, heckle, hector, hound, hounding, inconvenience, irk, matter, miff, mistrust, molest, molestation, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, nuisance, oppress, peck of troubles, peeve, pelt, perplex, persecute, persecution, perturb, pest, pester, pick on, pique, plague, pluck the beard, pother, presentiment, problem, provoke, put out, put to it, puzzle, ride, rile, roil, ruffle, sea of troubles, solicitude, stew, take on, tantalize, tease, test, torment, torture, trial, trouble, try, try the patience, tweak the nose, uncertainty, unease, uneasiness, upset, vex, vexation, vexatiousness, woe, worriedness, worries and cares, worriment, worrying, wrong

Etymology

Old English wyrġan. Cognate with German würgen ‘strangle’.

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Scots

Verb

worry

  1. (transitive) To strangle.