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

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Donaldson appears as a critical contemporaneous narrator of some of the most worrisome and tempestuous moments inside the West Wing. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "White House tells Hicks, ex-McGahn aide to ignore subpoenas," 4 June 2019 This microscopic life definitely would be worrisome if the space station were on Earth. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found Loads of Bacteria and Fungi on the ISS," 8 Apr. 2019 But the really worrisome asteroids are the big ones. Mike Wall, Space.com, "About 17,000 Big Near-Earth Asteroids Remain Undetected: How NASA Could Spot Them," 10 Apr. 2018 That should be somewhat worrisome: Rules that are good for coaches and individual programs are often not the same for student-athletes. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "How the new transfer and redshirt rules will impact college football," 13 June 2018 Even more worrisome for Beijing, U.S. withdrawals from the Middle East raise the prospect that the U.S. will increasingly devote military resources to East Asia, as foreshadowed by the most recent U.S. National Defense Strategy. Michael Singh, WSJ, "Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal," 8 Jan. 2019 The number of deaths is worrisome and significant, said Dr. Redfield. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "This Common Flu Virus Is a Growing Threat," 14 Feb. 2019 Your demeanor could be serious and worrisome to others. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 9 May 2018 Since the collapse of communism in 1989, Poland has gone through a soul-searching process that has progressed in bursts, with moments of clarity but also worrisome backsliding. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian, "Kielce: The Post-Holocaust Pogrom That Poland Is Still Fighting Over," 8 Jan. 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

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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