Kangaroo word: distressing
Joey word: dire
Definitions in relation to their use in kangaroo words, taken from Google Dictionary, and edited for formatting.
distressing (adjective): causing anxiety, sorrow or pain; upsetting.
dire (adjective): causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.
The letters D, I, R, and E found within the kangaroo word “distressing” arrange in the listed order to complete the joey word “dire”. While a word can have multiple definitions, in relation to their use with kangaroo words, these two words share a similar meaning: causing suffering.