Language Tips

Not worried

Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip, which is the final one in the series, looks at adjectives and phrases that mean not worried:



calm not worried or upset:

  • If you can keep calm, things are much less likely to go wrong.
  • She continued speaking in a calm, steady voice.

relaxed calm and not worried:

  • Steve came back from holiday looking tanned and relaxed.

nonchalant relaxed and not worried about anything, especially in a situation where other people are worried:

  • He looked nonchalant enough as he strolled into the examination room.

unconcerned not worried about a situation or what will happen, especially when other people think you should be:

  • He said his client was unconcerned by recent threats of violence.

unfazed or not fazed not worried or upset by something bad that happens:

  • She seems unfazed by recent events.
  • George wasn’t too fazed by his narrow escape.

unruffled not worried or upset in a difficult situation:

  • The Prime Minister seemed quite unruffled by the challenge to her authority.
  • There was an atmosphere of unruffled calm.

laid-back calm and relaxed, and seeming not to worry about things:

  • You’re always so laid-back about everything.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘not worried‘.

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