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
  1. noun
    a strong feeling of anxiety
    “his worry over the prospect of being fired”
    “it is not work but worry that kills”
    synonyms: trouble
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    anxiety
    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
  2. noun
    something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
    “it's a major worry
    synonyms: concern, headache, vexation
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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
  3. verb
    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
    “I worry about my job”
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    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
  4. verb
    be concerned with
    “I worry about my grades”
    synonyms: care
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    brood, dwell
    think moodily or anxiously about something
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    mind
    be concerned with or about something or somebody
  5. verb
    be on the mind of
    “I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift”
    synonyms: concern, interest, occupy
  6. verb
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    “I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me”
    synonyms: vex
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    assure, reassure
    cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
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    misgive
    suggest fear or doubt
    eat, eat on
    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    nag
    worry persistently
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    cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
  7. verb
    touch or rub constantly
    “The old man worried his beads”
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    rub
    move over something with pressure
  8. verb
    lacerate by biting
    “the dog worried his bone”
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    incise
    make an incision into by carving or cutting
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