wor·​ri·​some | \ ˈwər-ē-səm How to pronounce worrisome (audio) , ˈwə-rē- \

Definition of worrisome

1 : causing distress or worry worrisome news
2 : inclined to worry or fret investors feeling worrisome

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Other Words from worrisome

worrisomely adverb
worrisomeness noun

Examples of worrisome in a Sentence

There is the worrisome possibility of hurricane damage on the coast. the patient's erratic behavior has become increasingly worrisome
Recent Examples on the Web That Democrats and their allies have not adapted this new reality continues to be worrisome. Eoin Higgins, The New Republic, "The Media Is Already Rehabilitating the GOP—and Walking America Into a Trap," 11 Nov. 2020 And state numbers are worrisome too: 37 States are reporting 10% more new cases compared to last week, and 21 states saw their highest 7-day averages on Sunday. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "In just a week, the fall coronavirus surge added nearly half a million cases to the US total," 27 Oct. 2020 But even for workers who begin in the dark, when sun and heat and exertion act together over long periods of time, the effects can be worrisome. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "The Heat Gap," 15 Oct. 2020 The odds that more states could follow Illinois’s lead are worrisome. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Business owners fret new coronavirus lockdowns," 29 Oct. 2020 MacDonald hasn’t shown much electoral power in her statewide races, but the lower-profile judicial contests can be unpredictable and worrisome for court observers. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Frequent Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald on the ballot and facing probation again," 26 Oct. 2020 The news elsewhere across the nation was worrisome, too, with Johns Hopkins University tracking a steady increase in new cases that topped 71,671 as the work week ended. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio leaders keep eye on upward drift of new coronavirus cases," 23 Oct. 2020 Health experts say prescription lapses are worrisome for people with chronic issues such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease and may have longer term health implications. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "The alarming reason people aren't going to drug stores as often," 14 Oct. 2020 That’s worrisome, because internet clouds work on trust. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of worrisome

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2020

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“Worrisome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worrisome. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of worrisome

chiefly US : causing people to worry


wor·​ri·​some | \ ˈwər-ē-səm How to pronounce worrisome (audio) \

Kids Definition of worrisome

1 : worrying a lot a worrisome parent
2 : causing worry She developed a worrisome cough.

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