worry

The verb worry is an anxious word; it means to be concerned or nervous. If you sent your carrier pigeon out in the morning to deliver a message, you might worry if it hadn't returned by the afternoon.

When you worry, you feel uneasy — the way you might worry that you've got spinach in your teeth when you're at a job interview. When it's an animal doing the worrying, it takes on a different meaning: a dog will worry a bone — or gnaw on it and play with it, for hours. The word worry comes from the Old English wyrgan, which originally meant "strangle," and changed over the years to mean first "harass," and then "cause anxiety to."

Definitions of worry
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n a strong feeling of anxiety

“his worry over the prospect of being fired”
“it is not work but worry that kills”
Synonyms:
trouble
Type of:
anxiety
a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

n something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

“it's a major worry
Synonyms:
concern, headache, vexation
Types:
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bugaboo
a source of concern
burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, load, onus
an onerous or difficult concern
business
a rightful concern or responsibility
dead weight
an oppressive encumbrance
fardel
a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
imposition
an uncalled-for burden
pill
something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured
Type of:
negative stimulus
a stimulus with undesirable consequences

v be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

“I worry about my job”
Synonyms:
vex
disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
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fret
be agitated or irritated
fear
be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event
fret, fuss, niggle
worry unnecessarily or excessively
obsess
be preoccupied with something
scruple
raise scruples
dither, flap, pother
make a fuss; be agitated
dither
act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain

v be concerned with

“I worry about my grades”
Synonyms:
care
Types:
brood, dwell
think moodily or anxiously about something
Type of:
mind
be concerned with or about something or somebody

v be on the mind of

“I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift”
Synonyms:
concern, interest, occupy

v disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

“I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me”
Synonyms:
vex
Antonyms:
assure, reassure
cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
Types:
misgive
suggest fear or doubt
eat, eat on
worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
nag
worry persistently
Type of:
cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

v touch or rub constantly

“The old man worried his beads”
Type of:
rub
move over something with pressure

v lacerate by biting

“the dog worried his bone”
Type of:
incise
make an incision into by carving or cutting

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