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Worry \Wor"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worried; p. pr. & vb. n. Worrying.] [OE. worowen, wirien, to strangle, AS. wyrgan in [=a]wyrgan; akin to D. worgen, wurgen, to strangle, OHG. wurgen, G. w["u]rgen, Lith. verszti, and perhaps to E. wring.] [1913 Webster]
To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth. [1913 Webster] A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death; That dog that had his teeth before his eyes, To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To harass or beset with importunity, or with care an anxiety; to vex; to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret; to trouble; to plague. "A church worried with reformation." --South. [1913 Webster] Let them rail, And worry one another at their pleasure. --Rowe. [1913 Webster] Worry him out till he gives consent. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
To harass with labor; to fatigue. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
Worry \Wor"ry\, v. i. To feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful; to chafe; as, the child worries; the horse worries. [1913 Webster]
Worry \Wor"ry\, n.; pl. Worries. A state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret; as, to be in a worry. "The whir and worry of spindle and of loom." --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

worry

Noun

1 something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry" [syn: concern, headache, vexation]
2 a strong feeling of anxiety; "his worry over the prospect of being fired"; "it is not work but worry that kills"; "he wanted to die and end his troubles" [syn: trouble]

Verb

1 be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy; "I worry about my job"
2 be concerned with; "I worry about my grades" [syn: care]
3 disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me" [syn: vex] [ant: reassure]
4 be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant" [syn: concern, interest, occupy]
5 lacerate by biting; "the dog worried his bone"
6 touch or rub constantly; "The old man worried his beads" [also: worried]

English

Etymology

wyrġan. Cognate with German würgen ‘strangle’.

Pronunciation

  • RP: /ˈwʌri/
  • US: /ˈwɜːri/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌri

Verb

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

Translations

strangle
see strangle'''
seize or shake by the throat
harass, irritate
disturb the peace of mind of
be troubled

Noun

  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.

Derived terms

Translations

worry

Scots

Verb

worry
  1. In the context of "transitive|lang=sco": To strangle.
A well accepted theory of anxiety originally posited by Liebert and Morris in 1967 suggests that anxiety consists of two components; worry and emotionality. Emotionality refers to physiological symptoms such as sweating, increased heart beat and raised blood pressure.
Worry refers to negative self-talk that often distracts the mind from focusing on the problem at hand. For example, when students become anxious during a test, they may repeatedly tell themselves they are going to fail, or they can't remember the material or that their teacher will become angry with them. This thinking interferes with focusing on the test as the speech areas of the brain that are needed to complete test questions are being used for worrying.
Worry can also refer to a feeling of concern about someone else's condition. For instance, a mother may say "I'm worried" if her child doesn't show up at home when he was supposed to be there. It can also refer to certain actions or the lack of those kind of actions. "I'm worried because she is not eating any vegetables".

See also

wikiquote worry
worry in Arabic: قلق
worry in Czech: Starost
worry in German: Sorge
worry in Spanish: Inquietud
worry in Dutch: Piekeren
worry in Russian: Забота
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