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Etymology

From Middle English werien, worien, wirwen ‘to choke, strangle’, from Old English wyrġan, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*wurgijaną}} (compare Dutch [[worgen#|worgen]], [[wurgen#|wurgen]], German [[würgen#|würgen]]), from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*werǵʰ-}} ‘bind, squeeze’ (compare Latin [[urgeo#|urgere]] ‘to press, push’, Lithuanian [[verzti#[[Template:{{{1}}}]] ([{{fullurl:Template:{{{1}}}|action=edit}} edit]|[[Template talk:{{{1}}}|talk]]|[{{fullurl:Template:{{{1}}}|action=history}} history]|[{{fullurl:Special:Whatlinkshere/Template:{{{1}}}|limit=999}} links]|[{{fullurl:Template:{{{1}}}|action=watch}} watch]|logs)|ver̃žti]] ‘to string; squeeze’, Russian (poetic) [[отверза́ть#|отверза́ть]] ‘to open’, literally ‘untie’). Related to [[wring#|wring]].

Pronunciation

Verb

Worry (third-person singular simple present [[Worrys#|Worrys]], present participle [[Worrying#|Worrying]], simple past and past participle [[Worryed#|Worryed]])
  1. (Articlestransitive) To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.
    Your dog’s been worrying sheep again.
  2. (Articlestransitive) To harass; to irritate or distress.
    The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.
  3. (Articlestransitive) Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
    Your tone of voice worries me.
  4. (Articlesintransitive) To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.
    Stop worrying about your test, it’ll be fine.
  5. (Articlestransitive) To touch repeatedly, to fiddle with.
    • 1997, David Sedaris, "A Plague of Tics", Naked, page 15:
      So what if I wanted to touch my nose to the windshield? Who was it hurting? Why was it that he could repeatedly worry his change and bite his lower lip without the threat of punishment?
  6. (ArticlestransitiveArticles, obsoleteArticles, except in Scots) To strangle.

Synonyms

  • (trouble mentally): fret

Translations

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Noun

Worry (plural [[worries#|worries]])
  1. A strong feeling of anxiety.
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  2. An instance or cause of such a feeling.
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Scots

Verb

Worry

  1. (Articlestransitive) To strangle.

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