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worst

adjective \ ˈwərst \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of worst

1 :most corrupt, bad, evil, or ill
  • his worst fault
2 a :most unfavorable, difficult, unpleasant, or painful
  • the worst news
  • your worst enemy
b :most unsuitable, faulty, unattractive, or ill-conceived
  • has the worst table manners
c :least skillful or efficient
  • the worst person for the job
3 :most wanting in quality, value, or condition
  • the worst results
  • superlative of bad
  • or of ill
the worst way
:very much
  • such men … need indoctrination the worst way
  • —J. G. Cozzens
often used with in
  • wanted a new bicycle in the worst way

Examples of worst in a Sentence

  1. This is the worst car I've ever bought.

  2. In my opinion, it's her worst book.

  3. It was the worst movie I've ever seen.

  4. His worst quality is his impatience.

  5. This has got to be the worst day of my life.

  6. The worst part of working there is the long commute.

  7. My worst fears came true.

  8. He lives in the worst area of the city.

  9. He is the worst singer I've ever heard.

  10. They're the worst team ever.

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Origin and Etymology of worst

Middle English werste, worste, from Old English wierresta, wyrsta, superlative of the root of Old English wiersa worse


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worst

adverb

Definition of worst

1 :to the extreme degree of badness or inferiority
  • the worst dressed person
2 :to the greatest or highest degree
  • groups who need the subsidies worst lose out
  • —T. W. Arnold

Examples of worst in a Sentence

  1. My sister was hurt worst.

  2. the areas worst hit by the drought

  3. She was voted the worst-dressed celebrity of 2005.

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First Known Use of worst

before 12th century


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worst

noun

Definition of worst

plural worst
:one that is worst
at worst
:under the worst circumstances

Examples of worst in a Sentence

  1. What's the worst that can happen?

  2. When it comes to dancing, he is the worst.

  3. That movie was the worst!

  4. He is the worst of the bunch.

  5. He is one of the worst in the class.

  6. Even in the worst of times, she was hopeful.

  7. It's still raining, but the worst of the storm is over now.

  8. The worst of it is, I don't even know how to contact her.

  9. The company was operating on high costs and low prices—the worst of both worlds.

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First Known Use of worst

13th century


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worst

verb

Definition of worst

transitive verb
:to get the better of :defeat

Examples of worst in a Sentence

  1. how humiliating for a tennis champ to be worsted by a player no one had ever heard of

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First Known Use of worst

1636


WORST Defined for English Language Learners

worst

adjective

Definition of worst for English Language Learners

  • : worse than all others

  • : least skillful, talented, or successful

  • : least appropriate, useful, or helpful


worst

adverb

Definition of worst for English Language Learners

  • : in the worst way : in a way that is worse than all others


worst

noun

Definition of worst for English Language Learners

  • the worst : the worst person or thing : the worst group of people or things : the worst part of something

  • : someone's or something's least effective or pleasant condition : someone's or something's worst condition


WORST Defined for Kids

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worst

adjective \ ˈwərst \

Definition of worst for Students

1 :most bad, ill, or evil
2 :most unfavorable, difficult, or unpleasant
  • This is the worst day of my life.
3 :least appropriate or acceptable
  • You came at the worst time.
4 :least skillful
  • the worst player
5 :most troubled
  • That is the worst part of the city.
  • superlative of bad
  • or of ill

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worst

adverb

Definition of worst for Students

:in the worst way possible
  • He was hurt worst.

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worst

noun

Definition of worst for Students

:a person or thing that is worst What's the worst that can happen?

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worst

verb

Definition of worst for Students

worsted; worsting
:to get the better of :defeat

Medical Dictionary

worst

medical Definition of worst

  • superlative of ill


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