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no worries, int.

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Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: no adj., worry n.
Etymology: < no adj. + the plural of worry n.
colloquial (originally and chiefly Australian).

  ‘No problem’, ‘relax’. Also attributive.

[1965   Oz (Sydney) Oct. 8/2   No worry..it's amazing what a few schooners of jolly does for a bloke.]
1967   J. Hibberd White with Wire Wheels (1970) 159   ‘Well. How was she?’..‘Who, Sue? No worries.’
1974   N. Gillespie Into Hollow Mountains 61   I took care of him for ya, Ruby. No worries.
1986   Mercury (Hobart) 25 Mar. 10/1   ‘No worries’ reaction to Bell pullout.
1996   Observer 29 Dec. (Colour Suppl.) 30/4   It distils all the clear-eyed, clear-skied beauty of the loneliest continent into pure, champagne-bubbled, no-worries-mate joy.

1967—1996(Hide quotations)

 

This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, December 2003).