from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled. See Synonyms at brood.
- intransitive v. To pull or tear at something with or as if with the teeth.
- intransitive v. To proceed doggedly in the face of difficulty or hardship; struggle: worried along at the problem.
- transitive v. To cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled. See Synonyms at trouble.
- transitive v. To bother or annoy, as with petty complaints.
- transitive v. To seize with the teeth and shake or tug at repeatedly: a dog worrying a bone.
- transitive v. To attack roughly and repeatedly; harass.
- transitive v. To touch, move, or handle idly; toy with: worrying the loose tooth with his tongue.
- n. The act of worrying or the condition of being worried; persistent mental uneasiness. See Synonyms at anxiety.
- n. 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.
- v. To harass; to irritate or distress.
- v. Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
- v. To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.
- v. To strangle.
- n. A strong feeling of anxiety.
- n. An instance or cause of such a feeling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret.
- intransitive v. To feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful; to chafe
- transitive v. To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To harass with labor; to fatigue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To choke; suffocate.
- To seize by the throat with the teeth; bite at or tear with the teeth, as dogs when fighting; kill or injure badly by repeated biting, tearing, shaking, etc.: as, a dog that worries sheep; a terrier worries rats.
- To tease; trouble; harass with importunity or with care and anxiety; plague; bother; vex; persecute.
- Synonyms Pester, Plague, etc. (see tease), disturb, disquiet.
- To choke; be suffocated, as by something stopping the windpipe.
- To fight, as dogs, by seizing and biting at each other; be engaged in biting, shaking, or mangling with the teeth.
- To be unduly anxious and careful; give way to anxiety; be over-solicitous or disquieted about things; borrow trouble; fret.
- n. The act of worrying or biting and mangling with the teeth; the act of killing by biting and shaking.
- n. Harassing anxiety, solicitude, or turmoil; perplexity arising from over-anxiety or petty annoyances and cares; trouble: as, it is not work but worry that kills; the worries of housekeeping.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. touch or rub constantly
- v. lacerate by biting
- v. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
- n. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
- v. be concerned with
- v. be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
- n. a strong feeling of anxiety
- v. be on the mind of
;; And a black and white sweetheart of a kitten followed us halfway home .. * worry worry*
The word "worry" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning "to strangle or choke."
They're all new and getting used to the responsibility – my main worry is that school food and the profound importance of education remain at a flashing Belisha beacon critical for the next 10 years.
In fact, my main worry is that I might not know enough about finance and economics to make the company lose money fast enough.
My main worry is that since Oct. 2003, the government has been listening to all my conversations.
Your main worry is that the seller is overstating income.
Underline every instance of the word worry in this passage.
Really just not letting myself indulge in the worry is the best thing for me.
Your worry is the same as the rabbid antigunners: you are afraid that YOU won't be able to control other people.
However the long term worry is that society will loose faith in its Justice system and people will end up voting for the first lunatic far right or left fringe party to come along that is promising and end to the tyranny of crime regardless of the fact they cant actually deliver it!
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