worried

The adjective worried describes someone who's uneasy or troubled about something. Imagine worried parents, up late, waiting for their teenager to arrive home from a party.

Someone with a worried frown on his face always seems concerned. A worried email to your cousin who's traveling in the Middle East expresses your concern for her safety. The root of worried is the Old English word wyrgan, or strangle. It wasn't until the late 1800s that worried was used to describe feeling anxiety.

Definitions of worried
  1. adjective
    afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
    worried parents”
    “a worried frown”
    “one last worried check of the sleeping children”
    synonyms: disquieted, distressed, disturbed, upset
    troubled
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
  2. adjective
    mentally upset over possible misfortune, danger, etc.
    “not used to a city and worried about small things”
    synonyms: apprehensive
    uneasy
    lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance
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