Middle English werien, worien, wirwen ‘to choke, strangle’, from Old English wyrġan, from Proto-Germanic *wurgijaną (compare Dutch worgen, wurgen, German würgen), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵʰ- ‘bind, squeeze’ (compare Latin urgere ‘to press, push’, Lithuanian ver̃žti ‘to string; squeeze’, Russian (poetic) отверзать (otverzát’) ‘to open’, literally ‘untie’). Related to wring.
worry (third-person singular simple present worries, present participle worrying, simple past and past participle worried)
- (transitive) To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.
- Your dog’s been worrying sheep again.
- (transitive) To harass; to irritate or distress.
- The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.
- (transitive) Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
- Your tone of voice worries me.
- (intransitive) To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.
- Stop worrying about your test, it’ll be fine.
- (transitive, obsolete, except in Scots) To strangle.
seize or shake by the throat
disturb the peace of mind of
worry (plural worries)
- A strong feeling of anxiety.
- I'm afflicted by worry throughout the night.
- An instance or cause of such a feeling.
- My main worry is that I'll miss the train.
Derived terms 
strong feeling of anxiety
- (transitive) To strangle.