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worried

[ wur-eed, wuhr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF worried

Synonyms for worried

  • bothered
  • clutched
  • concerned
  • distracted
  • distressed
  • disturbed
  • frightened
  • perturbed
  • tense
  • tormented
  • upset
  • afraid
  • apprehensive
  • beside oneself
  • distraught
  • fearful
  • fretful
  • hung up
  • ill at ease
  • nervous
  • on edge
  • on pins and needles
  • overwrought
  • solicitous
  • uneasy
  • uptight
  • worried stiff
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Antonyms for worried

  • calm
  • comforted
  • happy
  • relaxed
  • uncaring
  • undisturbed
  • untroubled
  • unworried
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORRIED

I got all worried up about him, barely peckin' at a crumb or two.

Suddenly, however, something happened that worried him greatly.

She must never be worried with the slightest inkling of what has happened.

I worried along, however, to get out of that neighborhood as soon as possible.

I worried a lot about it, because, although at first I hated her, now I don't.

I never shall be worried about you so long as I know that he is taking care of you.

He always said a woman should not be worried with such matters, anyway.

The people at Paris, called the Directory, were worried over our condition.

This was food for thought certainly, but it was not what worried him.

I heard yesterday that he was sick again, and it has worried me a good deal.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wyrgan "to strangle," from West Germanic *wurgijanan (cf. Middle Dutch worghen, Dutch worgen, Old High German wurgen, German würgen "to strangle," Old Norse virgill "rope"), from PIE *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Worrisome; worrying.

The oldest sense was obsolete in English after c.1600; meaning "annoy, bother, vex," first recorded 1670s, developed from that of "harass by rough or severe treatment" (1550s), as of dogs or wolves attacking sheep. Meaning "to cause mental distress or trouble" is attested from 1822; intransitive sense of "to feel anxiety or mental trouble" is first recorded 1860.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WORRIED

afraid

adjectivefearful

distraught

adjectivevery upset, worked-up
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