wor·ry·ing | \ ˈwər-ē-iŋ , ˈwə-rē- \

Definition of worrying 

: causing worry : creating reason for worry : troubling a worrying trend/development a worrying question The presence of the knife on the stage of the murder was a worrying circumstance for Wilson. —Mark Twain

Other words from worrying

worryingly adverb
When the secretary returned, she handed us an envelope that looked worryingly official … —Caroline Alexander … money held by households has risen at a worryingly slow rate over the past year … The Economist

First Known Use of worrying

1817, in the meaning defined above

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