Wary vs. Worried

Wary vs. Worried — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Wary and Worried

Waryadjective

On guard; watchful

taught to be wary of strangers.

Worriedverb

To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled.

Waryadjective

Characterized by caution

a wary glance at the black clouds.

Worriedverb

To seize something with the teeth and bite or tear repeatedly

a squirrel worrying at a nut.

Waryadjective

Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, trickery, and dangers; suspiciously prudent.

He is wary of dogs.

Worriedverb

To touch or handle something nervously or persistently

worry at a hangnail.

Waryadjective

Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

Worriedverb

To attempt to deal with something in a persistent or dogged manner

worried along at the problem.

Waryadjective

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence;

they were wary in their movementsa wary glance at the black cloudstaught to be wary of strangers

Worriedverb

To cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled.

Waryadjective

openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

Worriedverb

To seize with the teeth and bite or tug at repeatedly

a dog worrying a bone.

Worriedverb

To touch or handle nervously or persistently

worrying the loose tooth.

Worriedverb

To attack roughly and repeatedly; harass

worrying the enemy ships.

Worriedverb

To bother or annoy, as with petty complaints.

Worriedverb

To attempt to deal with in a persistent or repeated manner

Analysts have worried the problem for a decade.

Worriedverb

To chase and nip at or attack

a dog worrying steers.

Worriednoun

The act of worrying or the condition of being worried; persistent mental uneasiness

"Having come to a decision, the lad felt a sense of relief from the worry that had haunted him for many sleepless nights" (Edgar Rice Burroughs).

Worriednoun

A source of nagging concern or uneasiness.

Worriedadjective

Thinking about unpleasant things that have happened or that might happen; feeling afraid and unhappy.

She was worried about her son who had been sent off to fight in the war.

Worriedverb

simple past tense and past participle of worry

Worriedadjective

afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief;

too upset to say anythingspent many disquieted momentsdistressed about her son's leaving homelapsed into disturbed sleepworried parentsa worried frownone last worried check of the sleeping children