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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In other words, the slowdown in revenue is especially worrisome for Lyft, which has a smaller market share than Uber and therefore thinner margins. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 Election day routinely brings with it a few glitches, none more worrisome than when a Californian is told his or her name isn’t on the list of registered voters and can’t cast a ballot. John Myers, latimes.com, "5 important voting rules to know for California's primary," 4 June 2018 Arsenic is especially worrisome: Studies show that it may be linked to an array of health problems, from developmental disorders and heart disease to numerous types of cancer, including bladder, lung, liver, skin, and kidney. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 But clues downloaded recently from the plane’s flight-data recorder apparently were worrisome enough to prompt Boeing and the FAA to move quickly in drafting and coordinating the pair of safety warnings. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing, FAA to Issue Safety Alerts Following Lion Air Crash," 6 Nov. 2018 TLBleed was worrisome enough to prompt developers to disable hyperthreading in OpenBSD, the operating system that prioritizes security. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys," 2 Nov. 2018 This is distinct from the Efail encrypted email vulnerability that surfaced in March and ultimately less worrisome. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Popular Spanish Soccer App Used Phone Mics to Snoop," 16 June 2018 Such mistakes are usually rare, which is what made California's U.S. Senate primary in 2016 so worrisome. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Essential California: Nice work if you can get it," 16 Apr. 2018 But even more worrisome than the satellites themselves, the full use of GPS III depends on the development of the other segments of the global positioning system—some of which are in deep trouble. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 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 \

Kids Definition of worrisome

1 : worrying a lot a worrisome parent
2 : causing worry She developed a worrisome cough.

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