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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Other symptoms are more worrisome, Dr. Haythe says. Korin Miller, SELF, "When to See a Doctor About That Weird Chest Tightness," 15 Aug. 2018 There’s a worrisome trend about what’s happening with how news is heard, how news is spread, and that’s changed in my lifetime, the idea of what a fact is and what truth is. Eric Johnson, Recode, "General Magic tried to invent a smartphone in the 1990s. This is why it failed.," 30 July 2018 More worrisome were the number of daily active users, which grew by just 22 million — the lowest such number since at least 2011. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s stock market decline is the largest one-day drop in US history," 26 July 2018 And instead of being a shining example of a step in the right direction for the school system, he’s headed toward becoming emblematic of a long, worrisome trend. Philly.com, "A former drug dealer made good and became a Philly teacher. So why is he thinking of leaving the profession?," 11 July 2018 Calipari recently dismissed criticism of his staff’s recruiting after several high-profile misses in the 2018 class, suggesting any current issues with a dip in talent or lack of experience are flukes, not worrisome trends. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Will John Calipari change how he builds a roster? Transfer rule change could force his hand," 14 Feb. 2018 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

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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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