• WordNet 3.6
    • adj worrisome not reassuring; tending to cause anxiety
    • adj worrisome causing distress or worry or anxiety "distressing (or disturbing) news","lived in heroic if something distressful isolation","a disturbing amount of crime","a revelation that was most perturbing","a new and troubling thought","in a particularly worrisome predicament","a worrying situation","a worrying time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Worrisome Inclined to worry or fret; also, causing worry or annoyance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • worrisome Causing worry or annoyance; troublesome.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Worrisome causing trouble.—v. Worr′it (slang), to worry
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wyrgan, found in compound áwyrgan, to harm; cf. Dut. worgen, Ger. würgen, to choke; A.S. wearg, werg, a wolf.


In literature:

Well, after a terribly anxious night and a worrisome forenoon the doctor told me that father was himself again and wanted to see me at once.
"Mary-'Gusta" by Joseph C. Lincoln
From these worrisome details of administration, the President turned with relief to the preparation of his first address to Congress.
"Jefferson and his Colleagues" by Allen Johnson
But, for the "nut" himself, life during the coming weeks and months became a much less worrisome struggle.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Of co'se sech conduct ez that is worrisome, but I don't see no, to say, bad principle in it.
"Sonny, A Christmas Guest" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
The enervating heat was over, and the worrisome insects were gone.
"Virginia: The Old Dominion" by Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
The weeks since his arrival had been the most worrisome she could remember.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
He used to be a little worrisome in his ways at times, but he's got all over that!
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, September 1878, No. 11" by Various
The most worrisome task about a Homeburg band was keeping it alive.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Joseph was so worrisome.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Ah, Mary and Carl knew very well about the rent, the bills, and all the other worrisome things.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
There were more worrisome things nearer.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
The more I consider this thing, the more worrisome it gets.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
The poor are very worrisome, too, and there's such a lot of heathen to convert.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
It was a worrisome thing, and all the more so because there was nothing that could be done about it.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
For only a picture it was right worrisome.
"The Comstock Club" by Charles Carroll Goodwin

In news:

Arizona's injury list is worrisome, even though Colorado is visiting.
The US and others are sounding an alarm about a particularly worrisome turn in the conflict.
Sandy not even worst-case scenario, long-term pattern worrisome.
Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen are particularly worrisome to U.S.
Big challenges, 'worrisome trends' for U.S.
In a fiscal fourth quarter that slightly missed profit expectations, Apple reported one figure that looks especially worrisome: It sold only 14 million iPads.
The steady growth in right-wing extremist groups is worrisome, says a civil rights organization that tracks hate and bigotry.
Shortfall in fund not worrisome.
Conversations about Mayan prophecies of doom have been all the rage this year, but for the US cattle industry, dim feedlot prospects for the future have been a much more worrisome topic.
Oswalt's injury worrisome for Astros.
Sub-prime Meltdown Could be Worrisome for Retail Sector.
Europe's woes raise worrisome specter for US agriculture.
Motorcycle deaths drop, but trend is worrisome .
The Worrisome Success of Index Funds.
Defense spending cuts worrisome for local military communities.

In science:

Second, we point out a worrisome, unphysical symmetry breaking of spherically symmetric atoms containing d electrons; based on a perturbative analysis we argue that this drawback might be a general feature of state-dependent functionals.
Self-interaction correction with Wannier functions
It might be worrisome if intuitively a single quantum field theory proved on reflection to bifurcate into two distinct theories, one of which is provably renormalizable but perhaps not unitary, another of which is unitary but perhaps not renormalizable.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
This is a little worrisome, but we will see shortly that there are lots of tight contact structures; however, let’s first observe an important property of them that indicates they see subtle properties of topology.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
This is worrisome since we believe that these backgrounds are unstable as they have large divergences.
A Short Review of Time Dependent Solutions and Space-like Singularities in String Theory
In simulation studies of the deletion and combined p-value methods, with constant amounts of lagged data (independent of the results at the time of stopping), they found levels of reversals that they considered worrisome, especially for the combination method – perhaps 3 or 4 percent.
Sequential tests and estimates after overrunning based on $p$-value combination
Perhaps more worrisome than radiation are the self force effects.
Destroying black holes with test bodies
Possibly even more worrisome is the fact that in most current identity management systems the IdP has all information it needs to log in at related RPs as a registered user.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
The recent decrease of several experimental tau branching ratios is also worrisome.
QCD Description of Hadronic Tau Decays
The decrease of many experimental branching ratios is worrisome.
TAU2012 Summary
This is not a worrisome issue given that the quantization of scalar fields in four dimensions does not have any anomaly that would favor one over the other.
Chiral Effective Lagrangian in the large-Nc limit: the nonet case
The first conclusion is in agreement with what had been found in §4.1; the second one is worrisome, as the PS curve agrees well with N-body simulations; this will be solved in next section.
The Cosmological Mass Function
The situation is rather worrisome since every spatial point on the right side (as well as the left side) of the boundary involves exactly the same singularity for exactly the same reason.
Singularities in kinetic theory
The null results from high-energy experiments are worrisome, but theoretical estimates from fragmentation functions suggest that Θ+ production is very suppressed relative to baryon resonances like the Λ(1520).
Workshop Summary: Experiment
This class of models, dubbed phantom models, are affected by serious problems with the growth of perturbations and are therefore worrisome.
Reconciling dark energy models with f(R) theories
Unless the difference is due to the initial conditions in some worrisome way, noise would seem to responsible for these differences. A more careful comparison between these different simulations seems particularly worthwhile.
The N-Body Approach to Disk Galaxy Evolution