worrying


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wor·ry

 (wûr′ē, wŭr′ē)
v. wor·ried, wor·ry·ing, wor·ries
v.intr.
1. To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled. See Synonyms at brood.
2.
a. To seize something with the teeth and bite or tear repeatedly: a squirrel worrying at a nut.
b. To touch or handle something nervously or persistently: worry at a hangnail.
c. To attempt to deal with something in a persistent or dogged manner: worried along at the problem.
v.tr.
1. To cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled. See Synonyms at trouble.
2.
a. To seize with the teeth and bite or tug at repeatedly: a dog worrying a bone.
b. To touch or handle nervously or persistently: worrying the loose tooth.
c. To attack roughly and repeatedly; harass: worrying the enemy ships.
d. To bother or annoy, as with petty complaints.
e. To attempt to deal with in a persistent or repeated manner: Analysts have worried the problem for a decade.
3. To chase and nip at or attack: a dog worrying steers.
n. pl. wor·ries
1. The act of worrying or the condition of being worried; persistent mental uneasiness: "Having come to a decision, the lad felt a sense of relief from the worry that had haunted him for many sleepless nights" (Edgar Rice Burroughs).
2. A source of nagging concern or uneasiness.
Idiom:
not to worry Informal
There is nothing to worry about; there is no need to be concerned: "But not to worry: it all ... falls into place in the book's second half, where the language is plainer" (Hallowell Bowser).

[Middle English werien, worien, to strangle, from Old English wyrgan; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

wor′ri·er n.
Word History: The ancestor of worry, the Old English verb wyrgan, meant "to strangle." Its Middle English descendant, worien, kept this sense and developed the new sense "to grasp by the throat with the teeth and lacerate" or "to kill or injure by biting and shaking." This is the way wolves might attack sheep, for example. In the 1500s worry began to be used in the sense "to harass, as by rough treatment or attack" or "to assault verbally," and in the 1600s the word took on the sense "to bother, distress, or persecute." It was a small step from this sense to the main modern senses "to cause to feel anxious or distressed" and "to feel troubled or uneasy," first recorded in the 1800s.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.worrying - the act of harassing someoneworrying - the act of harassing someone  
harassment, molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
2.worrying - the act of moving something by repeated tugs or pushes; "vigorous worrying finally loosened the saw"
agitation - the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
Adj.1.worrying - causing distress or worry or anxietyworrying - causing distress or worry or anxiety; "distressing (or disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of crime"; "a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a new and troubling thought"; "in a particularly worrisome predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a worrying time"
heavy - marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness; "a heavy heart"; "a heavy schedule"; "heavy news"; "a heavy silence"; "heavy eyelids"

worrying

Translations
znepokojivý
bekymrende
huolestuttava
zabrinjavajuć
気がもめる
걱정되는
zaskrbljujoč
oroande
ที่ทำให้กังวล
gây lo lắng

worrying

[ˈwʌrɪɪŋ]
A. ADJ [situation, news, sign] → preocupante, inquietante
B. N all this worrying has aged himtodas estas preocupaciones lo han envejecido

worrying

[ˈwʌriɪŋ] adjinquiétant(e)

worrying

adj problembeunruhigend, besorgniserregend; it’s very worryinges macht mir große Sorge; I know it’s worrying for youich weiß, es macht dir Sorgen; it is a worrying time for uswir haben zurzeit viel Sorgen
n worrying won’t helpsich nur Sorgen machen, nützt nichts

worrying

[ˈwʌrɪɪŋ] adj (problem) → preoccupante
it's a worrying time for her → è un brutto momento per lei
she's not the worrying kind → non è il tipo che si preoccupa

worrying

مُقْلِق znepokojivý bekymrende beunruhigend ανησυχητικός preocupante huolestuttava inquiétant zabrinjavajuć preoccupante 気がもめる 걱정되는 zorgwekkend illevarslende niepokojący preocupante волнующий oroande ที่ทำให้กังวล endişe verici gây lo lắng 令人担忧的
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It was not a wise thing to do, but I kept on worrying till an old man came in with an order for some clothes.
They are an uncommonly handsome pair," he said, "and if they are as good as they look I am sure you need not wish for anything better; but I see you still hold that pet scheme of yours for worrying your horses and lessening their power.
They knew nothing about consumption whatever, except that it made people cough; and for two weeks they had been worrying about a coughing-spell of Antanas.
Now, she never will be done fidgeting and worrying about that husband of hers.
Well, when he was first sold, it secretly tickled me to see him go for seven dollars; but before he was done with his sweating and worrying I wished he had fetched a hundred.
A flash of lightning exposed Tom's pallid face, drawn and rigid with these worrying thoughts.
While one boy was worrying the tick with absorbing interest, the other would look on with interest as strong, the two heads bowed together over the slate, and the two souls dead to all things else.
The thing that is mostly worrying your aunt Sally is the tempers that that man Jubiter gets your uncle into.
Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
Last evening after tea,' pursued Miss Murdstone, 'I observed the little dog starting, rolling, and growling about the drawing-room, worrying something.
The sharp bark was the sign of an excited welcome that was awaiting them from a knowing brown terrier, who, after dancing at their legs in a hysterical manner, rushed with a worrying noise at a tortoise-shell kitten under the loom, and then rushed back with a sharp bark again, as much as to say, "I have done my duty by this feeble creature, you perceive"; while the lady-mother of the kitten sat sunning her white bosom in the window, and looked round with a sleepy air of expecting caresses, though she was not going to take any trouble for them.
Now when the wolves saw the dogs they could be restrained no longer, but sprang on them and tore them to fragments, and the sound of their worrying came to the ears of the soldiers of Chaka and of the dwellers in the kraal, so that they sprang from sleep, snatching their arms.