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] 1. 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]

2. 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]

3. To harass with labor; to fatigue. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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