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
Recent Examples on the Web No single year represents a trend, but the deaths this year are worrisome. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Beat Check podcast: A veteran cop on Portland’s awful year of traffic fatalities, and Chloe Eudaly on Vision Zero," 9 Dec. 2019 Indeed, such indications of nicotine dependence were worrisome, researchers said. New York Times, "Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products," 5 Dec. 2019 The sea temperature changes have come so quickly that even younger local fishermen remember the days when water over 21.1 degrees Celsius was worrisome. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "A crisis in the water is decimating this once-booming fishing town," 27 Nov. 2019 What is more worrisome is what will happen to the structure, a tangible piece of the town’s history, tied to its earliest agrarian roots. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "‘It’s sad, very, very sad.’ After 350 years in the family, Farmington’s Wadsworths auctioning off historic farmhouse," 1 Nov. 2019 Some signs of progress were cause for celebration; other developments were more worrisome. Tim Requarth, Longreads, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019 Even more worrisome is the stated goal of abandoning the didactic function. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "The new MoMA is a lot bigger. But you may not learn as much about the art.," 10 Oct. 2019 But in drought conditions, leaves can change color for another, far more worrisome reason. Aj Willingham, CNN, "There's a severe drought in the South, and it's making the leaves change," 4 Oct. 2019 Chronic stress is unhealthy for the average person, but these symptoms can be even more worrisome for pregnant people. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Biological Weathering and Its Deadly Effect on Black Mothers," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of worrisome

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Worrisome.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worrisomely. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce worrisome (audio)

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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