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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Here are three big questions for the Cubs after a wild and worrisome weekend sweep of the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "3 questions for the Cubs after a wild weekend sweep of the Pirates, including who steps up in Anthony Rizzo’s absence?," 16 Sep. 2019 The most worrisome of these economically damaging political fights is the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing, which shows no signs of easing. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Volatile Politics Rattle the Global Economy," 22 Aug. 2019 In this legal environment, the prevalence of conservative timidity is both worrisome and self-reinforcing. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019 Geologists pointed to a fissure that was worrisome and declared the site still active. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A cliff collapse. Three deaths. More bluff failures expected with rising seas," 9 Aug. 2019 This is a prevalent and worrisome health issue; around 1 in 10 babies were born too early in 2017, according to the CDC. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "11 Health Conditions You Should Know About If You’re Black and Pregnant," 30 July 2019 This is an example of the wear-and-tear effect of the stress-activation system inside the body that is leading to a much more serious and worrisome state. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How the Stress of Separation and Detention Changes the Lives of Children," 13 July 2019 Khloé nor Thompson tweeted throughout the episode to add any additional context to the seemingly dramatic and worrisome conversation. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Finale Part One Shows The Jordyn-Tristan Scandal In Real Time," 25 June 2019 Experts say the widespread and worrisome teen vaping epidemic is a major catalyst—but so is support from e-cigarette and tobacco companies, which has some health groups feeling uneasy. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Flurry of States Have Raised Their Smoking Ages. But Big Tobacco's Involvement Has Some Health Groups Uneasy," 10 June 2019

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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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