wor·​ri·​some | \ˈwər-ē-səm, 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

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Her unusually close alliance with the president — she was briefly considered for a cabinet appointment — has been worrisome to Republicans. New York Times, "For Heitkamp, a Lift From an Unlikely Source: The Koch Brothers," 1 June 2018 The situation highlights a broader dynamic that should be worrisome to all businesses – the growing cultural and economic gaps between dynamic, largely liberal cities like Atlanta and Charlotte, and their more-conservative states. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Atlanta’s Chance to Win Amazon’s HQ2 May Have Just Taken a Big Hit," 3 Mar. 2018 The culture change report found all this chest-beating rhetoric worrisome. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 Most important and promising — and worrisome at the same time — is that all of these successful unions must act as open doors within health care. Peter Miller, STAT, "How early retail health clinics set the stage for today’s mega-mergers," 11 June 2018 The Indians will open the season without Michael Brantley in left field, but that seems more cautionary than worrisome. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "What makes baseball Opening Day so special? Bud vs. Doug," 28 Mar. 2018 In some respects this is neither surprising nor necessarily worrisome. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Former Saints Cheerleader Brings to Light Sexist Rules With Discrimination Charge," 27 Mar. 2018 But shortly after it was put into place, an engineer discovered some worrisome cracking in the bridge's north end. Eric Levenson, CNN, "FIU resumes classes, but life 'will be far from normal' after bridge collapse," 19 Mar. 2018 Just as worrisome for investors is that managers enabled him, according to workers, looking the other way and dismissing employee complaints. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "#MeToo Is Not a Buying Opportunity for Investors," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of worrisome

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of worrisome

: causing people to worry


wor·​ri·​some | \ˈwər-ē-səm \

Kids Definition of worrisome

1 : worrying a lot a worrisome parent

2 : causing worry She developed a worrisome cough.

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to express warning or disapproval

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