worrying

adjective wor·ry·ing \ ˈwər-ē-iŋ , ˈwə-rē- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

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

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