worrywart

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

Definition of worrywart

: a person who is inclined to worry unduly

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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 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, "Electronic platforms are challenging bond broker-dealers," 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, "Netflix Approaches Critical Test of Its Viability," 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, "Will Recession Strike in 2020?," 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, "It had to be spew: A tribute to the anxious stomachs of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 The aunt of the main character, Neil Klugman, is a meddling worrywart, and the upper-middle-class relatives of Neil's girlfriend are satirized as shallow materialists. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 2018 The aunt of the main character, Neil Klugman, is a meddling worrywart, and the upper-middle-class relatives of Neil's girlfriend are satirized as shallow materialists. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 2018 The aunt of the main character, Neil Klugman, is a meddling worrywart, and the upper-middle-class relatives of Neil's girlfriend are satirized as shallow materialists. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 2018 Anybody who had predicted when Trump took office that the president’s lawyers would officially proclaim his right to start or stop any federal investigation would have been dismissed as a paranoid worrywart. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rule of Law Is Crumbling Further Each Day Under Trump," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of worrywart

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Worrywart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worrywart. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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worrywart

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English Language Learners Definition of worrywart

US, informal : a person who worries too much or who worries about things that are not important

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