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worry | gorry |

As a verb worry

is to seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.

As a noun worry

is a strong feeling of anxiety.

As an interjection gorry is

(archaic|euphemistic) god!.




  • To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.
  • Your dog’s been worrying sheep again.
  • To harass; to irritate or distress.
  • The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.
  • Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
  • Your tone of voice worries me.
  • To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.
  • Stop worrying about your test, it’ll be fine.
  • (transitive, obsolete, except in Scots) To strangle.
  • To cause concern or anxiety.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=That worries the government, which fears that environmental activism could become the foundation for more general political opposition.}}


    * (trouble mentally) fret


  • A strong feeling of anxiety.
  • :
  • An instance or cause of such a feeling.
  • :
  • Derived terms

    * worried * worrisome




    (en interjection)
  • (archaic, euphemistic) God!
  • *{{quote-book, year=1903, author=(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin, title=The Village Watch-Tower, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=She hedn't any particular kind of a nose nor mouth nor eyes, but gorry ! when she looked at yer, yer felt kind as if yer was turnin' to putty inside." }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1912, author=Gouverneur Morris, title=IT and Other Stories, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="By gorry !" says I; "you're right. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1920, author=Franklin P. Adams, title=Something Else Again, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=No mollycoddle swain am I. I shall not sit and pine, by gorry ! }}