Wor·ry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worried p. pr. & vb. n. Worrying.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. 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. --Rowe.
Worry him out till he gives consent. --Swift.
3. To harass with labor; to fatigue. [Colloq.]
n 1: something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of
unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern";
"it's a major worry" [syn: concern, headache, vexation]
2: 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" [syn: trouble]
v 1: be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy; "I
worry about my job"
2: be concerned with; "I worry about my grades" [syn: care]
3: disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation
or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is
worrying me" [syn: vex] [ant: reassure]
4: be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic
consonant" [syn: concern, interest, occupy]
5: lacerate by biting; "the dog worried his bone"
6: touch or rub constantly; "The old man worried his beads"
adj : afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or
grief; "too upset to say anything"; "spent many
disquieted moments"; "distressed about her son's
leaving home"; "lapsed into disturbed sleep"; "worried
parents"; "a worried frown"; "one last worried check of
the sleeping children" [syn: disquieted, distressed,