worry etymology

English word worry comes from Proto-Indo-European *wrū-, Proto-Indo-European *wes-, Proto-Indo-European *werg̑ʰ-, Proto-Indo-European - -éyeti, Proto-Indo-European *werģʰ-, and later Proto-Germanic *warjaną (To thwart, to stop. To ward off, to defend against.)

Detailed word origin of worry

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wrū- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to cover, defend, guard, to cover, shelter, defend, guard, shut
*wes- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) fat, moisture, to dress, stab, to stick, prick, pierce, sting, moist, wet
*werg̑ʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
- -éyeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*werģʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*warjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To thwart, to stop. To ward off, to defend against.
*wazōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To continue; last. To stay; abide.
*wargijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To curse. To fordeem; condemn.
*wargaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Outlaw, criminal.
werian Old English (ang) To defend, protect.
*woséyeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To clothe, to put clothes onto.
wergan Old English (ang)
wiergan Old English (ang)
*wazjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To clothe, dress.
werian Old English (ang) To wear.
werian Old English (ang) To defend, protect To wear.
*wergʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
werȝen Middle English (enm)
worry English (eng) (intransitive) To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.. (transitive) Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.. (transitive) To harass; to irritate or distress.. (transitive) To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.. (transitive) To touch repeatedly, to fiddle with.. (transitive, obsolete, except in Scots) To strangle. A strong [...]
*wurgijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To strangle.
wyrġan Old English (ang)
wyrgan Old English (ang) (clarification of this definition is being sought) to worry. To strangle, to throttle.

Words with the same origin as worry

Descendants of *wrū-
chatter corner flower former kiss longer lord master mister number offer ridiculous river shower summer ten tower war warn wear were weren work worried
Descendants of *wes-
am are be been future hot ice interested interesting is mouth possible power present send sense since sun wrong
Descendants of *werg̑ʰ-
beware hardware hotline hottie underwear urge urgency urgent warehouse warhead warship wartime wary weir worrying wring
Descendants of - -éyeti
absorbed werewolf