(the) worse for wear

Definition of (the) worse for wear

:in worse condition after doing or experiencing something
  • He came out of basic training only slightly the worse for wear.
  • The kids emerged from the woods looking none the worse for wear.

Word by Word Definitions

worse play
  1. : comparative of bad

  2. : or of ill

  3. : of more inferior quality, value, or condition

  1. : one that is worse

  1. : comparative of bad

  2. : or badly

  3. : or of ill

wear play
  1. : to bear or have on the person

  2. : to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance

  3. : to carry on the person

  1. : the act of wearing : the state of being worn : use

  2. : clothing or an article of clothing usually of a particular kind

  3. : fashion, vogue


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