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v. & n. --v. (-ies, -ied) 1 intr. give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. 2 tr. harass, importune; be a trouble or anxiety to. 3 tr. a (of a dog etc.) shake or pull about with the teeth. b attack repeatedly. 4 (as worried adj.) a uneasy, troubled in the mind. b suggesting worry (a worried look). --n. (pl. -ies) 1 a thing that causes anxiety or disturbs a person's tranquillity. 2 a disturbed state of mind; anxiety; a worried state. 3 a dog's worrying of its quarry. Phrases and idioms: not to worry colloq. there is no need to worry. worry along (or through) manage to advance by persistence in spite of obstacles. worry beads a string of beads manipulated with the fingers to occupy or calm oneself. worry-guts (or -wart) colloq. a person who habitually worries unduly. worry oneself (usu. in neg.) take needless trouble. worry out obtain (the solution to a problem etc.) by dogged effort. Derivatives: worriedly adv. worrier n. worryingly adv. Etymology: OE wyrgan strangle f. WG
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.
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.
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.] 1. To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth. 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. 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. Let them rail, And worry one another at their pleasure. --Rowe. Worry him out till he gives consent. --Swift. 3. To harass with labor; to fatigue. [Colloq.]
(worries, worrying, worried) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you worry, you keep thinking about problems that you have or about unpleasant things that might happen. Don't worry, your luggage will come on afterwards by taxi... I worry about her constantly... They worry that extremists might gain control. VERB: V, V about n/-ing, V that 2. If someone or something worries you, they make you anxious because you keep thinking about problems or unpleasant things that might be connected with them. I'm still in the early days of my recovery and that worries me... 'Why didn't you tell us?'—'I didn't want to worry you.'... VERB: V n, V n 3. If someone or something does not worry you, you do not dislike them or you are not annoyed by them. (SPOKEN) The cold doesn't worry me... = bother VERB: oft with neg, V n 4. Worry is the state or feeling of anxiety and unhappiness caused by the problems that you have or by thinking about unpleasant things that might happen. His last years were overshadowed by financial worry. N-UNCOUNT 5. A worry is a problem that you keep thinking about and that makes you unhappy. My main worry was that Madeleine Johnson would still be there... His wife Cheryl said she had no worries about his health. N-COUNT
A state of mind that leads some persons to fear, every time the tide goes out, that it won't come in again.
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