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worse

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adjective \ˈwərs\

Definition of worse

  1. comparative of bad or of ill

  1. 1 :  of more inferior quality, value, or condition

  2. 2a :  more unfavorable, difficult, unpleasant, or painfulb :  more faulty, unsuitable, or incorrectc :  less skillful or efficient

  3. 3 :  bad, evil, or corrupt in a greater degree :  more reprehensible

  4. 4 :  being in poorer health :  sicker

Examples of worse in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of worse

Middle English werse, worse, from Old English wiersa, wyrsa; akin to Old High German wirsiro worse


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worse

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Definition of worse

  1. :  one that is worse threatened expulsion and worse

Examples of worse in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of worse

before 12th century


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worse

adverb

Definition of worse

  1. comparative of bad or badly or of ill or illy

  1. 1 :  in a worse manner :  to a worse extent or degree

  2. 2 :  what is worse

Examples of worse in a Sentence

  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


WORSE Defined for English Language Learners

worse

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adjective

Definition of worse for English Language Learners

  • : lower in quality

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

  • : more serious or severe

worse

noun

Definition of worse for English Language Learners

  • : something that is worse

worse

adverb

Definition of worse for English Language Learners

  • : in a worse way

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


WORSE Defined for Kids

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worse

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adjective \ˈwərs\

Definition of worse for Students

  1. comparative of bad or of ill

  1. 1 :  more bad or evil Is cheating worse than lying?

  2. 2 :  being in poorer health The child was worse the next day.

  3. 3 :  more unfavorable, difficult, or unpleasant a worse punishment

  4. 4 :  of poorer quality, value, or condition This car is worse than that one.

  5. 5 :  less skillful I practice, but keep getting worse.

  6. 6 :  less happy She made me feel worse.

  7. 7 :  more faulty or unsuitable His idea was even worse.


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worse

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noun

Definition of worse for Students

  1. :  something worse I suffered insults and worse.


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worse

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adverb

Definition of worse for Students

  1. comparative of badly or of ill

  1. :  not as well :  in a worse way I hate getting lost worse than anything.


Medical Dictionary

worse

Medical Definition of worse

comparative of ill


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