Attested 1956, I. BELKNAP Human Problems of State Mental Hospitals x. 177 In cartoon Out Our Way by J. R. Williams, there is a character by that name. Earlier examples from newspapers of the 1930s and 1940s.
Presumably related to earlier worryguts.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwʌɹ.ɪˌwɔːt/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈwʌɹ.iˌwɔːt/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈwʌɹ.iˌwɔɹt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɝ.iˌwɔɹt/
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
worrywart (plural worrywarts)
- A person who worries excessively, especially about unimportant matters.
- 2005, Hal Edward Runkel, Screamfree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool, →ISBN, page 31:
- It doesn't mean you're a worrywart, a nervous wreck or in need of heavy medication.
- August 17 2008, Nicole L.V. Mullis, “Vacation renders kids, adult males impervious to danger”, in Battle Creek Enquirer:
- On vacation, I'm a worrywart for fretting about third-degree burns and puncture wounds.