worry beads

plural noun

Definition of worry beads

: a string of beads that can be fingered to keep one's hands occupied

Examples of worry beads in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Konstantinos Varelas twisted a string of blue komboloi — Greek worry beads — outside his family’s restaurant on Main Street in El Monte. Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2020 From his left hand, below a fat gold watch, purple worry beads protrude through his knuckles. Alexander Clapp, The New Republic, 28 Sep. 2020 These sounds eventually give way to the clock tower’s chime and the click-tick of komboloi–Greek worry beads—that elders flip languidly with their fingers. Madeleine Speed, WSJ, 8 July 2020 Badi said, peering through large black rectangular spectacles, his hands fiddling with a chain of worry beads. Washington Post, 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of worry beads

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of worry beads was in 1956

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“Worry beads.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worry%20beads. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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worry beads

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worry beads

: small beads on a string that people hold and move with their fingers in order to have something to do when they are nervous

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