Definition of worried in US 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.’
    • ‘She's really worried about you.’
    • ‘But we weren't worried about getting bored; there were a number of people we still hadn't talked to.’
    • ‘"He was worried about whether somebody from another site could control his equipment remotely," says Cupps.’
    • ‘I had this gnawing, worried feeling in the pit of my stomach, wondering if any farmers would show up.’
    • ‘So many in my district are worried about why the poverty numbers are rising.’
    • ‘We're worried about the outbreak of disease.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Robyn didn't show up, which had me a bit worried the whole time (I later learned she fell asleep).’
    • ‘For years, Shaw spent his days spraying termites with pesticides and his nights in worried sleep.’
    • ‘Many children are also worried about their younger brothers and sisters and want to protect them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you are upset or worried, you can draw something and it seems to just flush all your ill feelings away.’
    • ‘We all sat silently, looking worried and tense.’
    • ‘Think of the last thing that made you feel bad, nervous, or worried.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should we be worried?’
    • ‘Don't be overly worried about teen conformity.’
    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’
      • ‘Most GPs are willing to arrange for similar tests to reassure the "worried well".’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So there you have it: the worried well, facing a situation that isn't too bad but isn't exactly hunky-dory, either.’
      • ‘Dr Salisbury expressed concern that GPs were wasting vaccine on "the worried well" rather than their target groups.’
      • ‘Sounds like a lot of false hope, and a chance for some to make a handsome profit off the worried well.’
      • ‘The fears of Britain's "worried well" have helped drive up sales of home kits that diagnose medical problems, research has claimed.’
      • ‘Walk-in centers target the worried well seeking reassurance.’
      • ‘Shifting drug spending from the worried well in developed countries to those with treatable disease in poorer nations will benefit the health of everyone.’
      • ‘The vaccine may have been used on the worried well rather than risk groups.’
      • ‘Popular accounts of angina have encouraged an epidemic of "atypical chest pain" and thousands of "worried well" consultations.’

Pronunciation

worried

/ˈwərēd//ˈwərid/