worry

Definitions

  • A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail
    A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v worry touch or rub constantly "The old man worried his beads"
    • v worry lacerate by biting "the dog worried his bone"
    • v worry disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
    • v worry be concerned with "I worry about my grades"
    • v worry be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy "I worry about my job"
    • v worry be on the mind of "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
    • n worry something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness "New York traffic is a constant concern","it's a major worry"
    • n worry a strong feeling of anxiety "his worry over the prospect of being fired","it is not work but worry that kills","he wanted to die and end his troubles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.
    • n Worry A state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret; as, to be in a worry . "The whir and worry of spindle and of loom."
    • v. i Worry To feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful; to chafe; as, the child worries; the horse worries.
    • Worry To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth. "A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death;
      That dog that had his teeth before his eyes,
      To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood."
    • Worry 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. "A church worried with reformation.""Let them rail,
      And worry one another at their pleasure."
      "Worry him out till he gives consent."
    • Worry To harass with labor; to fatigue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The parents of Albert Einstein were worried that he was mentally slow because it took him a long time to learn how to speak
    • worry To choke; suffocate.
    • worry 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.
    • worry To tease; trouble; harass with importunity or with care and anxiety; plague; bother; vex; persecute.
    • worry Synonyms Pester, Plague, etc. (see tease), disturb, disquiet.
    • worry To choke; be suffocated, as by something stopping the windpipe.
    • worry To fight, as dogs, by seizing and biting at each other; be engaged in biting, shaking, or mangling with the teeth.
    • worry To be unduly anxious and careful; give way to anxiety; be over-solicitous or disquieted about things; borrow trouble; fret.
    • n worry The act of worrying or biting and mangling with the teeth; the act of killing by biting and shaking.
    • n worry 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Daddy long legs" spider has venom to be used as a defensive mechanism. Don't worry though, because it cannot puncture human skin, and even if it did, it would probably only cause a allergic reaction
    • v.t Worry wur′i to tear with the teeth: to harass: to tease:
    • v.i Worry to trouble one's self: to be unduly anxious: to fret:—pa.t. and pa.p. worr′ied
    • n Worry act of worrying: trouble, perplexity, vexation
    • n Worry (slang) annoyance
    • v.t Worry wur′i (Scot.) to choke
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Quotations

  • Stacia Tauscher
    Stacia Tauscher
    “We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”
  • Matt Biondi
    Matt Biondi
    “Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing.”
  • Robert S. Hillyer
    Robert S. Hillyer
    “If you are doing your best, you will not have to worry about failure.”
  • Joseph Jefferson
    Joseph Jefferson
    “I have lost everything, and I am so poor now that I really cannot afford to let anything worry me.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “How much pain worries have cost us that have never happened?”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    Georg%20C.%20Lichtenberg
    “The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. worowen, wirien, to strangle, AS. wyrgan, in āwyrgan,; akin to D. worgen, wurgen, to strangle, OHG. wurgen, G. würgen, Lith. verszti, and perhaps to E. wring,
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.

Usage

In literature:

Living the artificial life makes for worry, illness and failure.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
I don't see that there's any reason to worry.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
His dark-gray eyes had in them either a great deal of worry or undisguised fear.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
The costumes and a place to give the exhibition seemed to worry him more than the entertainment he was to offer.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It was the only way a man could keep from worrying.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
If you are worrying about Major Selby's social standing, I may as well tell you that he used to know father.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
He was a politician and never let exaggeration worry him.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
That means that Peter will have one less worry on his mind.
"The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk" by Thornton W. Burgess
It's no use worrying.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Don't you worry about me!
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Haven't you wasted enough energy worrying over what can not be helped?
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
His expression was worried.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
He stood worrying over it as Bobs and Scotty worry over a bone.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He felt a twinge of worry, seeing that they were heading toward the street in which his own men were quartered.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Don't worry, Jan. You're safe here.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Manager Clancy glanced at him in surprise and a worried look came over his face.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
Well, there's no use worrying now.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis
He said it was just a quick business trip and nothing for you to worry about.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The worry on the bomber commander's face faded away as soon as he laid eyes on the pair.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Worry kills, but I never worry, and I find town idyllic.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
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In poetry:

Sleep, sleep, my beloved,
without worry, without fear,
although my soul does not sleep,
although I do not rest.
"The Sad Mother" by Gabriela Mistral
The wandering butterfly is lost
In films of mystery,
From supple flower to flower is tossed
The worried bumblebee.
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
"And then I've been so worried–
Clarissa had a fit;
And the doctor said he couldn't
In the least account for it."
"Mammas and Babies" by Kate Greenaway
And he grew grim, and close-lipped,
And harder, day by day,
Poor man - too tired for laughter,
Too worried to be gay.
"Himself" by Alice Guerin Crist
"Gin my seven sons were seven young rats,
Running on the castle wa,
And I were a grey cat mysell,
I soon would worry them a'.
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
Sweet Love is dead:
Where shall we bury him?
In a green bed,
With no stone at his head,
And no tears nor prayers to worry him.
"Sweet Love Is Dead" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Why BlackBerry's Breakdown Should Worry an Arrogant Apple.
If Washington's most famous billionaires are really worried about their state's finances, they'd write personal checks to the government and leave everyone else alone.
Something else to worry about.
As though Katrina's homeless didn't have enough to worry about.
Presumably, many — if not most — of those searching the terms are worried about assassination , not advocating it.
These are worrying times for BP.
Here's some good news for any guy who's losing his hair, and worried it's going to hurt his chances with women.
But don't worry, we have the video for you.
When the president can legally send killer robots to assassinate US citizens, it's time to start worrying.
Many are also worried about the costs.
The ripple from the Egyptian unrest is starting to become a worry on the global economy.
Bin Laden worried about al-Qaeda's image.
In a fast-changing world, here's one more thing to worry about: being too good at what you do.
Experts worry new TV series makes solutions seem tidier than they are.
Concurring in GPS case, Justice Sotomayor articulates worries about technology v. Crime, courts and legal issues in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
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In science:

One should instead worry that derived measurements of κ((cid:126)θ) are correlated; they must add to produce the correct M (< R) to deflect images to their observed radii.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
There is no need to worry about the boundary of F which has measure 0 and in any case the function takes the value 0 on all of its boundary.
Cubature formulae for orthogonal polynomials in terms of elements of finite order of compact simple Lie groups
You store parts of the key in different places, worrying that no one place is safe.
Can Random Coin Flips Speed Up a Computer?
Clearly the second term is smaller than the first, so we only need to worry about the latter.
Convergence of clock processes in random environments and ageing in the p-spin SK model
However, we also have to worry about the size of C ! Suppose ¯a is a generic point of some variety V whose coordinates are green.
Fields and Fusions: Hrushovski constructions and their definable groups
One might worry that the use of a mid-point insertion would lead to inconsistencies as in the cases of Witten’s theory and of the Ramond sector of the modified theory.
Democratic Superstring Field Theory: Gauge Fixing
Again we do not have to worry about Ty unless Ta is non-zero.
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview
With clearly smaller nucleon-nucleon luminosities and shorter envisaged running times (t ∼ 1 month = 106s), one could worry whether the integrated yields in pPband PbPb-collisions will be large enough to realize the studies presented here.
Constraints for the nuclear parton distributions from Z and W production at the LHC
One should not be too worried if these finite systems become large very quickly since they can be solved in linear time (as opposed to cubic, for the Gauss algorithm).
Finite sections of random Jacobi operators
The need to worry about the criterion of “significant ongoing star formation” is explored in §B.
Star formation trends in high-redshift galaxy surveys: the elephant or the tail?
This allows us to build rainbow segments in separate stages, without worrying that we use the same color twice.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random graphs
We then have to worry about canceling anomalies, but in the absence of a larger framework we will not pursue this idea further. 17Nonzero phases in M ≡ diag(e iρ , e iσ , 1) also indicate CP violation, but here we are concerned with oscillation experiments, which cannot observe M.
Neutrino Mixing and the Double Tetrahedral Group
Within the strong coupling region the higher interactions dominate, ∂ 2 πcl ≫ Λ3 , and one might worry that since Z is large, the effective field theory goes out of control.
de Sitter Galileon
One might worry that ∇µJ i µ gives rise to higher derivatives as J i µ apparently contains second-order derivatives.
Generalized G-inflation: Inflation with the most general second-order field equations
In light of (3.16), one might worry that an overwhelming probability for Ne to be significantly larger than the current observational constraint makes the expected number of (observable) bubble collisions far below one.
Bubble collisions and measures of the multiverse
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