[[t]wʌ̱riɪŋ, AM wɜ͟ːriɪŋ[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ that
If something is worrying, it causes people to worry. [mainly BRIT]

It is very worrying that petrol bombs have been brought into a fight between two secondary schools.

...a new and worrying report about smoking.

Derived words:
worryingly ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with cl

The rate of assaults was worryingly high...

Worryingly for those in favour of competition, the Minister has been resistant to this argument.

(in AM, usually use worrisome)

English dictionary. 2008.

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