worry
I. verb (worried; worrying) Etymology: Middle English worien, from Old English wyrgan; akin to Old High German wurgen to strangle, Lithuanian veržti to constructionct Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. dialect British choke, strangle 2. a. to harass by tearing, biting, or snapping especially at the throat b. to shake or pull at with the teeth <
a terrier worrying a rat
>
c. to touch or disturb something repeatedly d. to change the position of or adjust by repeated pushing or hauling 3. a. to assail with rough or aggressive attack or treatment ; torment b. to subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort 4. to afflict with mental distress or agitation ; make anxious intransitive verb 1. dialect British strangle, choke 2. to move, proceed, or progress by unceasing or difficult effort ; struggle 3. to feel or experience concern or anxiety ; fret <
worrying about his health
>
worriedly adverbworrier nounworryingly adverb Synonyms: worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation <
pursued a policy of worrying the enemy
>
. annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks <
you're doing that just to annoy me
>
. harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power <
harassed on all sides by creditors
>
. harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment <
the strikers had been harried by thugs
>
. plague implies a painful and persistent affliction <
plagued all her life by poverty
>
. pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks <
constantly pestered with trivial complaints
>
. tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath <
children teased the dog
>
. II. noun (plural worries) Date: 1804 1. a. mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated ; anxiety b. an instance or occurrence of such distress or agitation 2. a cause of worry ; trouble, difficulty Synonyms: see care

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • worry — vb Worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease, tantalize can all mean to torment so as to destroy one s peace of mind or to disturb one acutely. Worry stresses incessant attacking or goading and an intention or sometimes an effect of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worry — ► VERB (worries, worried) 1) feel or cause to feel troubled over actual or potential difficulties. 2) annoy or disturb. 3) (of a dog or other carnivorous animal) tear at or pull about with the teeth. 4) (of a dog) chase and attack (livestock,… …   English terms dictionary

  • worry — [wʉr′ē] vt. worried, worrying [ME wirwen < OE wyrgan, to strangle, injure, akin to Ger würgen, to strangle < IE * werĝh , to twist, choke < base * wer , to twist > WORM] 1. a) to harass or treat roughly with or as with continual… …   English World dictionary

  • worry — [n] anxiety, trouble anguish, annoyance, apprehension, bad news*, care, concern, disquiet, distress, disturbance, doubt, fear, headache*, heartache*, irritation, misery, misgiving, nag*, pain*, perplexity, pest, plague, presentiment, problem,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worry — I noun affliction, annoyance, anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, care, concern, consternation, difficulty, discomfort, discomposure, dismay, disquiet, distress, distress one s self, dread, fear, tearfulness, grief, malaise, mental agitation …   Law dictionary

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  • worry — 1 verb 1 BE ANXIOUS (I) to be anxious or unhappy about something so that you think about it a lot (+ about): You ve really got no need to worry about your weight. | worry that: He s worried that he might lose his job. (+ over): Dad worries over… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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