worrying

adjective
wor·​ry·​ing | \ ˈwər-ē-iŋ How to pronounce worrying (audio) , 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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The first known use of worrying was in 1817

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“Worrying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worrying. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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