Definition of worrisome in US English:



North American
  • Causing anxiety or concern.

    ‘a worrisome problem’
    • ‘That's worrisome given that contaminants pose the biggest risk to children and fetuses.’
    • ‘Let's move on to another worrisome thing in the economy and that's oil prices.’
    • ‘Sure, it really is worrisome, because it is clear that the situation has gotten very tense there.’
    • ‘This is a worrisome development for those of us who are enthusiastic about prediction markets.’
    • ‘Lost orders compounded an already worrisome situation for the group.’
    • ‘Aside from genetics, there can be other worrisome effects of an obsession with trophies.’
    • ‘It is also worrisome that it will take 18 months to get the police force up to its required strength.’
    • ‘The whole notion of bilingual education in this context becomes problematic and worrisome.’
    • ‘When violence is added to the picture, the problem becomes worrisome.’
    • ‘It's the potential for people to abuse this sort of thing that is worrisome.’
    • ‘It's not a tremendously worrisome problem, but it is an area he'll likely focus on this summer.’
    • ‘From now on, I better stick with less worrisome, and even more unlikely, movie plots.’
    • ‘The weak hold of the international rule of law over the world's greatest democracy is worrisome.’
    • ‘The most worrisome aspect of this is that we are unlikely to get that proof.’
    • ‘But, the report stresses, these thoughts were not necessarily worrisome.’
    • ‘More worrisome is the notion that our civil liberties are subject to cancellation in times of crisis.’
    • ‘In some ways more worrisome, though, are his shifting stands on postwar policy.’
    • ‘Any instance of inhumane behavior is obviously worrisome and harmful to them when that occurs.’
    • ‘However, a more worrisome pattern of disease can be attributed more to vaccine failure than a failure to vaccinate.’
    • ‘His message to the White House was much more worrisome than maybe to the average person in the public.’
    worrying, daunting, alarming, perturbing, trying, taxing, vexatious, niggling, bothersome, troublesome, unsettling, harassing, harrying, harrowing, nerve-racking, distressing, dismaying, disquieting, upsetting, traumatic, unpleasant, awkward, difficult, tricky, thorny, problematic, grave
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