from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hobgoblin; the devil.
  • noun Any frightful object; an ugly, awkward-looking person; a fright; a bugbear; a scarecrow.


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  • 'I fell out with a loon there, one of those Janissaries that gang hectoring aboot as though the world were not gude enough for them, and if I hadna made the best of my way out of the toon, my pow wad be a worricow on the wa's of the tower.'

    A Modern Telemachus Charlotte Mary Yonge 1862

  • 'My leddy never bade ye run off mair like a wild worricow than a general officer's daughter, Miss Mysie.

    The Two Sides of the Shield Charlotte Mary Yonge 1862


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  • WUR-i-koo is the pronunciation preferred by Webster's New International, second edition (1934). WUH-ri-kow is the pronunciation preferred by the Oxford English Dictionary. — The Orthoepist

    June 9, 2010