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


Middle English werien, worien, to strangle, from Old English wyrgan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wyrġan. Cognate with German würgen ‘strangle’. (Wiktionary)


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  • While c_b's pondering that question, mollusque, I'll jump in and say yes. It's definitely possible to postworry (at least for me). :-)

    January 17, 2008

  • I'm going to have to print that out for my cubicle.

    January 17, 2008

  • Hey c_b is it possible to postworry?

    January 17, 2008

  • My thought exactly.

    January 17, 2008

  • Yeah, I thought for a minute this was on the preworry page...

    January 17, 2008

  • SoG, where did you find my father's plaque?? It's been missing for ages and he's very worried about it.

    January 17, 2008

  • Sounds Familiar?

    January 17, 2008