wor·​ry·​wart | \ ˈwər-ē-ˌwȯrt How to pronounce worrywart (audio) , ˈwə-rē- \

Definition of worrywart

: a person who is inclined to worry unduly

Examples of worrywart in a Sentence

My father is a real worrywart. tends to dismiss people concerned about global warming as a bunch of worrywarts
Recent Examples on the Web By contrast to his boss, Barker’s partner, Thomas Lewellyn — the book’s narrator — is about 30, married, eager to have a child and rather a worrywart. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Hearing this may come as a relief to anyone who has felt sheepish about constantly changing their personal safety standards, as if the inconsistency reveals some character defect, such as being indecisive or a worrywart. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2022 Despite Gevinson's obvious efforts, Kate is a whiny, brow-furrowing worrywart. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 5 July 2021 The fan-favorite worrywart's Funko figure is gearing up to unsheathe his sword and unleash the power of his Thunder Breathing First Form. Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 14 June 2021 Yet worrywarts say that while liquidity is plentiful at first when volatility rises, it cannot be relied on if markets stay jumpy for a while. The Economist, 5 Mar. 2020 This condition is no secret, but even the typical financial worrywarts have been unperturbed that Netflix is perpetually spending other people’s money to cement itself as a default entertainment option for billions of people. Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2019 Habitual worrywarts—including some practitioners of the dismal science—see ominous signs that America’s record-breaking expansion will soon end. Burton G. Malkiel And Atanu Saha, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2019 This year pop culture saw fit to gift us with not one, but three good-hearted worrywarts who carry their stress in their stomach. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 24 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of worrywart

1936, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2022

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“Worrywart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worrywart. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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