Definition of worried in English:

worried

adjective

  • Anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems.

    ‘there was a worried frown on his face’
    ‘he is worried that we are not sustaining high employment’
    ‘your mother and I were very worried about you’
    • ‘We were a little worried someone would call the fire brigade when we first tested the fog.’
    • ‘We're worried about the outbreak of disease.’
    • ‘But we weren't worried about getting bored; there were a number of people we still hadn't talked to.’
    • ‘So many in my district are worried about why the poverty numbers are rising.’
    • ‘Many children are also worried about their younger brothers and sisters and want to protect them.’
    • ‘Think of the last thing that made you feel bad, nervous, or worried.’
    • ‘She's really worried about you.’
    • ‘"He was worried about whether somebody from another site could control his equipment remotely," says Cupps.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, because I was so worried that my art work would not be good enough, I wasn't really concerned about what I was supposed to be learning.’
    • ‘We all sat silently, looking worried and tense.’
    • ‘For years, Shaw spent his days spraying termites with pesticides and his nights in worried sleep.’
    • ‘Parents are sometimes worried about their own lack of knowledge of computer technology and embarrassed to admit that their children know more about computers than they do!’
    • ‘I'm starting to get a little worried about the enormity of the task ahead and the amount of change the next couple of months will bring.’
    • ‘I had this gnawing, worried feeling in the pit of my stomach, wondering if any farmers would show up.’
    • ‘When he still wasn't home by 1:00 AM on a week-night when he was usually home by 9:00 PM, I got so worried I called a police precinct.’
    • ‘Should we be worried?’
    • ‘When you are upset or worried, you can draw something and it seems to just flush all your ill feelings away.’
    • ‘Don't be overly worried about teen conformity.’
    • ‘Robyn didn't show up, which had me a bit worried the whole time (I later learned she fell asleep).’
    anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
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Phrases

  • the worried well

    • People who are unnecessarily anxious about their physical or mental health.

      ‘doctors increasingly have to deal with the worried well, rather than the genuinely sick’
      • ‘Yet like a flock of panic stricken sheep, the pharmacies of the land were besieged by the worried well, spooked into a course of action both unnecessary and completely useless.’
      • ‘The vaccine may have been used on the worried well rather than risk groups.’
      • ‘Dr Salisbury expressed concern that GPs were wasting vaccine on "the worried well" rather than their target groups.’
      • ‘The fears of Britain's "worried well" have helped drive up sales of home kits that diagnose medical problems, research has claimed.’
      • ‘Sounds like a lot of false hope, and a chance for some to make a handsome profit off the worried well.’
      • ‘Walk-in centers target the worried well seeking reassurance.’
      • ‘So there you have it: the worried well, facing a situation that isn't too bad but isn't exactly hunky-dory, either.’
      • ‘Popular accounts of angina have encouraged an epidemic of "atypical chest pain" and thousands of "worried well" consultations.’
      • ‘Most GPs are willing to arrange for similar tests to reassure the "worried well".’
      • ‘Shifting drug spending from the worried well in developed countries to those with treatable disease in poorer nations will benefit the health of everyone.’

Pronunciation

worried

/ˈwərēd//ˈwərid/