adjective \ˈwərs\

: lower in quality

: less pleasant, attractive, appealing, effective, useful, etc.

: more serious or severe

Full Definition of WORSE

comparative of bad or of ill
:  of more inferior quality, value, or condition
a :  more unfavorable, difficult, unpleasant, or painful
b :  more faulty, unsuitable, or incorrect
c :  less skillful or efficient
:  bad, evil, or corrupt in a greater degree :  more reprehensible
:  being in poorer health :  sicker

Examples of WORSE

  1. His schoolwork got worse after his parents split up.
  2. Her second book was worse than her first one.
  3. Her first book was bad, but her second one is even worse.
  4. This one is no worse than that one.
  5. Could the situation get any worse?
  6. You have even worse luck than I do.
  7. It turned out to be a worse idea than we originally thought.
  8. She ended up in worse shape than when she started.
  9. Things are bad for him now, but he was in a worse situation last week.
  10. Cheer up. Things could be worse, you know.

Origin of WORSE

Middle English werse, worse, from Old English wiersa, wyrsa; akin to Old High German wirsiro worse
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with WORSE



: something that is worse

Full Definition of WORSE

:  one that is worse <threatened expulsion and worse>

Examples of WORSE

  1. I didn't want to tell her that worse was yet to come.
  2. Her accusations don't bother me. I've been accused of worse.
  3. When I lost my job, my life took a turn for the worse.

First Known Use of WORSE

before 12th century



: in a worse way

—used to say that what is going to be described is worse than what was mentioned before

Full Definition of WORSE

comparative of bad or of ill
:  in a worse manner :  to a worse extent or degree
:  what is worse

Examples of WORSE

  1. I did much worse on my second try.
  2. You drive worse than he does.
  3. That isn't an excellent score, but you could have done worse.
  4. She was hurt worse than I was.

First Known Use of WORSE

before 12th century


   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WORSE

comparative of ill


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