Synonyms of worry in English:


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1‘she worries about his blood pressure’


fret, be worried, be concerned, be anxious, agonize, brood, dwell on, panic, get in a panic, lose sleep, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought, be on tenterhooks

informal have butterflies in one's stomach, get stressed, get in a flap, get in a state, get in a tizz, get in a tizzy, get in a sweat, sweat, get steamed up, get in a lather, stew, torture oneself, torment oneself

British informal be in a blue funk

2‘I can see that something is worrying you’


trouble, bother, cause anxiety, make anxious, disturb, distress, upset, concern, disquiet, discompose, fret, agitate, unsettle, perturb, frighten, alarm, scare, fluster, flurry, stress, strain, tax, harass, torment, plague, bedevil, besiege, irk, vex

prey on one's mind, weigh heavily on one's mind, weigh down, oppress, burden, be a great weight on, lie heavy on, gnaw at

informal hassle, give someone a hard time, throw, faze, rattle, bug, get to, do someone's head in, discombobulate

North American informal mess with someone's head

3‘a dog was worrying his sheep’


attack, savage, maul, mutilate, mangle, go for, tear at, tear to pieces, claw, bite, gnaw at, lacerate, shake, pull at

molest, torment, persecute


1‘I'm beside myself with worry’


anxiety, disturbance, perturbation, trouble, bother, distress, concern, care, upset, uneasiness, unease, disquiet, disquietude, disconcertment, fretfulness, restlessness, nervousness, nerves, agitation, edginess, tension, tenseness, stress, strain

apprehension, fear, fearfulness, dread, foreboding, trepidation, misgiving, angst

informal butterflies, butterflies in the stomach, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the jumps, jitteriness, twitchiness

2‘the rats are a worry because they can contaminate food’


problem, cause for concern

nuisance, pest, plague, trial, tribulation, trouble, irritation, irritant, vexation, bane, bugbear, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, burden, cross, cross to bear

informal pain, pain in the neck, headache, hassle, stress