wor·​ried | \ ˈwər-ēd How to pronounce worried (audio) , ˈwə-rēd \

Definition of worried

: mentally troubled or concerned : feeling or showing concern or anxiety about what is happening or might happen worried parents a worried frown I'm not too worried about the weather. He was worried sick. [=extremely worried] But the technological intrusion of prenatal testing leaves expectant parents more worried than reassured.— Ronni Sandroff There was an ominous and worried expression on their faces.— Jack London … his mother was so worried she sent for the doctor.— E. B. White

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worriedly adverb
"Well, what did you think when you heard the news?" Jimmy asked us worriedly. — Bobbie Ann Mason … Roy thought it was from a snakebite, and worriedly glanced around. — Carl Hiaasen

First Known Use of worried

1624, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of worried was in 1624

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3 Sep 2020

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“Worried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worried. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of worried

: feeling or showing fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen

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