wor·​ry·​ing ˈwər-ē-iŋ How to pronounce worrying (audio)
: 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

Examples of worrying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The global average temperature from June 2023 to May 2024 was 1.63 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, a worrying trend that could signify that the world is moving closer to the thresholds set in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Simmone Shah, TIME, 5 June 2024 The increasing flow of power north is part of a worrying trend for North America: Demand for energy is growing robustly everywhere, but the supply of power — in Canada’s case from giant hydroelectric dams — and the ability to get the energy to where it’s needed are increasingly under strain. Ivan Penn Ruth Fremson, New York Times, 3 June 2024 Perennial herbs can also help to keep pests away—so no more worrying about pesticides lingering in your homegrown veggies. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 May 2024 More worrying, the decline seems to be speeding up—by the calculations of one male fertility founder, sperm counts have fallen by 50% to 60% over the last four decades. Alena Botros, Fortune Well, 21 May 2024 Another recent worrying sign, Friedman says: Deaths of despair among Latinos are starting to catch up to those among Black and Native Americans. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 Cape Town's paramedics have long had their work cut out responding to emergencies in one of the world's most crime-prone cities, but over the past decade, a worrying shift has taken place. Tommy Trenchard, NPR, 19 May 2024 That’s because the boasting lyrics and approving looks of Son and Fan #2 underscore a worrying reality: namely, that our pervasive and permanent distractedness is increasingly seen as perfectly normal, perfectly acceptable, maybe even virtuous. Zach Przystup, Baltimore Sun, 22 Mar. 2024 Even more worrying, new research finds an increasing number of borrowers are falling behind on debt payments, putting their long-term financial health at risk. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 14 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 23 Jun. 2024.

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