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Main Entry: 1wor·ry
Pronunciation: 'w&r-E, 'w&-rE
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): wor·ried; wor·ry·ing
Etymology: Middle English worien, from Old English wyrgan; akin to Old High German wurgen to strangle, Lithuanian verzti to constrict
Date: before 12th century
transitive verb
1 dialect British : CHOKE, STRANGLE
2 a : to harass by tearing, biting, or snapping especially at the throat b : to shake or pull at with the teeth <a terrier worrying a rat> c : to touch or disturb something repeatedly d : to change the position of or adjust by repeated pushing or hauling
3 a : to assail with rough or aggressive attack or treatment : TORMENT b : to subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort
4 : to afflict with mental distress or agitation : make anxious
intransitive verb
1 dialect British : STRANGLE, CHOKE
2 : to move, proceed, or progress by unceasing or difficult effort : STRUGGLE
3 : to feel or experience concern or anxiety : FRET <worrying about his health>
- wor·ried·ly /-(r)Ed-lE, -(r)&d-/ adverb
- wor·ri·er /-(r)E-&r/ noun
- wor·ry·ing·ly adverb
synonyms WORRY, ANNOY, HARASS, HARRY, PLAGUE, PESTER, TEASE mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. WORRY implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation <pursued a policy of worrying the enemy>. ANNOY implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks <you're doing that just to annoy me>. HARASS implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power <harassed on all sides by creditors>. HARRY may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment <the strikers had been harried by thugs>. PLAGUE implies a painful and persistent affliction <plagued all her life by poverty>. PESTER stresses the repetition of petty attacks <constantly pestered with trivial complaints>. TEASE suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath <children teased the dog>.

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\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
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\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
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