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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Just as worrisome, neighboring countries have begun to play more active and, for the Americans, destructive roles. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "On Brief Visit, Pompeo Says U.S. Is Afghanistan’s ‘Enduring Partner’," 9 July 2018 That’s especially worrisome this season, as uncertainty hangs over the next four months. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "After July Fourth crab feasts, an uncertain season for Maryland seafood industry," 6 July 2018 The findings are particularly worrisome considering that according to data the study collected, flight attendants are in many respects healthier than the general public. Alice Park, Time, "Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Many Cancers, Study Says," 26 June 2018 The most worrisome part of this story is that Mr. Daniels was targeted for his political views. Kevin D. Williamson, WSJ, "The Unjust Prosecution of a Black Militia Kook," 6 July 2018 So begins the countdown to the end of Congo’s ninth and most worrisome Ebola outbreak. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Remember that Ebola outbreak in Congo? Looks like they contained it.," 27 June 2018 But perhaps most worrisome is the effect of all this growing incivility. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "We often fight rudeness with rudeness. And it can be contagious, research shows," 27 June 2018 The most worrisome of all to Orloff are apps offering help for people experiencing suicide ideation or seeking anxiety release hypnosis. Ken Alltucker, Alex Connor And Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Mobile therapy apps: With suicide rates on the rise, can text chats rescue those on the edge?," 15 June 2018 Besides its intercontinental ballistic missiles, solid-fuel missiles have been among the most worrisome additions to North Korea’s growing arsenal of ballistic missiles. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump dangles White House visit for North Korea’s Kim if summit goes well," 8 June 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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