Meaning of “worrying” in the English Dictionary

"worrying" in British English

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worryingadjective

uk /ˈwʌr.i.ɪŋ/ us /ˈwɝː.i.ɪŋ/

B2 making you feel unhappy and frightened:

It's a very worrying situation.

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  • A worrying trend for insurers has been a rise in fraudulent claims.
  • That's the most worrying aspect of the situation.
  • By midweek, the situation had become worrying.
  • He demonstrated a worrying naivety about political issues.
  • I heard something rather worrying at work this morning.
worryingly
adverb uk /ˈwʌr.i.ɪŋ.li/ us /ˈwɝː.i.ɪŋ.li/

Worryingly, the gun was never found.

(Definition of “worrying” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)