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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who worries excessively and needlessly.

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  • n. A person who worries excessively, especially about unimportant matters.

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  • n. thinks about unfortunate things that might happen

Etymologies

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Attested 1956, I. BELKNAP Human Problems of State Mental Hospitals x. 177 In cartoon Out Our Way by J. R. Williams, there is a character by that name. Earlier examples from newspapers of the 1930s and 1940s.

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