Meaning of worrying in English:



  • Causing anxiety about actual or potential problems; alarming.

    ‘a worrying health risk’
    • ‘The recent decision of Blackburn with Darwen Council to remove a number of pool lifeguard posts from Shadsworth Leisure Centre is a worrying development.’
    • ‘He said: "The whole thing is worrying."’
    • ‘Sligo's drugs gangs having more guns is a worrying development.’
    • ‘For Riddoch, however, the most worrying aspect of women's magazines is the growing preoccupation with celebrity.’
    • ‘The case has exposed a number of worrying concerns about the handling of such a sensitive inquiry.’
    • ‘The report also highlights the worrying impact global warming will have on the safety of millions of passengers.’
    • ‘Far more worrying is the veiled victim-blaming indulged in by influential environmental experts who ought to know better.’
    • ‘The most worrying aspect of the problem is the police's low-key approach to bringing offenders to book.’
    • ‘Even more worrying, Damian, now 35, is eligible for parole next year.’
    • ‘These statistics are worrying, especially in a rural Scottish village.’
    • ‘The graph on the top right, of Japanese and American house prices, does make for a worrying comparison.’
    • ‘Yet it is deeply worrying that some of those whom he has offended appear to have taken the law into their own hands.’
    • ‘Health bosses in Bradford are appealing to women to make time for a vital health check after a worrying drop in the numbers having smear tests.’
    • ‘It's probably nothing serious, but it's worrying nonetheless.’
    • ‘The British Thoracic Society says there is one lung specialist for 119,000 patients in England and Wales, a situation they say is very worrying.’
    • ‘But now that you come to think about it, it's quite worrying.’
    • ‘So, at face value, the proposal I have made is worrying.’
    • ‘The worrying thing for holidaymakers and travel agents is the cut back on flights by major tour operators.’
    • ‘It is a worrying time for everyone as we have all got mortgages to pay.’