To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth.
- To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled. See Synonyms at brood.
- To pull or tear at something with or as if with the teeth.
- To proceed doggedly in the face of difficulty or hardship; struggle: worried along at the problem.
- To cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled. See Synonyms at trouble.
- To bother or annoy, as with petty complaints.
- To seize with the teeth and shake or tug at repeatedly: a dog worrying a bone.
- To attack roughly and repeatedly; harass.
- To touch, move, or handle idly; toy with: worrying the loose tooth with his tongue.
- The act of worrying or the condition of being worried; persistent mental uneasiness. See Synonyms at anxiety.
- A source of nagging concern or uneasiness.
- not to worry Informal There is nothing to worry about; there is no need to be concerned: "But not to worry: it all...falls into place in the book's second half, where the language is plainer” ( Hallowell Bowser).