Definition of worried in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwərēd/


Anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems: your mother and I were very worried about you there was a worried frown on his face he is worried that we are not sustaining high employment
More example sentences
  • For years, Shaw spent his days spraying termites with pesticides and his nights in worried sleep.
  • Don't be overly worried about teen conformity.
  • I had this gnawing, worried feeling in the pit of my stomach, wondering if any farmers would show up.
anxious, perturbed, troubled, bothered, concerned, upset, distressed, distraught, disquieted, uneasy, fretful, agitated, nervous, edgy, on edge, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, jumpy, stressed, strung out;
apprehensive, fearful, afraid, frightened, scared
informal uptight, a bundle of nerves, on tenterhooks, jittery, twitchy, in a stew, in a sweat, het up, rattled, antsy, squirrelly, trepidatious


the worried well

People who are unnecessarily anxious about their physical or mental health: doctors increasingly have to deal with the worried well, rather than the genuinely sick
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  • Dr Salisbury expressed concern that GPs were wasting vaccine on "the worried well" rather than their target groups.
  • So there you have it: the worried well, facing a situation that isn't too bad but isn't exactly hunky-dory, either.
  • Shifting drug spending from the worried well in developed countries to those with treatable disease in poorer nations will benefit the health of everyone.



Pronunciation: /ˈwərēdlē/
Example sentences
  • Adam looked down, startled to see his little brother's face looking worriedly up at him.
  • He worriedly glanced down the hall in both directions to make sure no one was watching him.
  • "Chocolate is bad for dogs," she worriedly added.

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Syllabification: wor·ried

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