worse

adjective
\ ˈwərs How to pronounce worse (audio) \

Definition of worse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

comparative of bad

or of ill

1 : of more inferior quality, value, or condition
2a : more unfavorable, difficult, unpleasant, or painful
b : more faulty, unsuitable, or incorrect
c : less skillful or efficient
3 : bad, evil, or corrupt in a greater degree : more reprehensible
4 : being in poorer health : sicker

worse

noun

Definition of worse (Entry 2 of 3)

: one that is worse threatened expulsion and worse

worse

adverb

Definition of worse (Entry 3 of 3)

comparative of bad

or badly

or of ill

or illy

1 : in a worse manner : to a worse extent or degree
2 : what is worse

Examples of worse in a Sentence

Adjective His schoolwork got worse after his parents split up. Her second book was worse than her first one. Her first book was bad, but her second one is even worse. This one is no worse than that one. Could the situation get any worse? You have even worse luck than I do. It turned out to be a worse idea than we originally thought. She ended up in worse shape than when she started. Things are bad for him now, but he was in a worse situation last week. Cheer up. Things could be worse, you know. Noun I didn't want to tell her that worse was yet to come. Her accusations don't bother me. I've been accused of worse. When I lost my job, my life took a turn for the worse. Adverb I did much worse on my second try. You drive worse than he does. That isn't an excellent score, but you could have done worse. She was hurt worse than I was.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective None of it, for better or worse, happens without the Clippers erasing their hole against Dallas. Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 For better or worse, the art world can’t stop gushing about nonfungible tokens — NFTs — that online phenomenon in which digital art and internet memes are bought and sold like cryptocurrency. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Nov. 2021 While the mask might seem, for better or worse, a kind of icon of the pandemic, this era is still redesigning our world. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Keep in mind the CDC list updates weekly, and the situation in any country can change for better or worse from week to week. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Lowell’s influence on Hardwick, for better and worse, is inescapable. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Cast your vote for the person or group who had the greatest influence on the year—for better or worse. Time, 18 Nov. 2021 That’s been the case for both Beard and Ramey at times, two kindred basketball junkies guided by their emotional tides, for better and worse. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 For better or worse, its current $475-$480 million sans-China overseas cume is by far the biggest of any 2020/2021 release thus far and would alone be bigger than any Hollywood release in the last two years save for F9. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What made the prejudice worse was that the entire institutional infrastructure of college basketball was in on it; coaches, athletic directors and alumni. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, 27 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Laughing at hateful, awful, stale jokes just empowers people to see those who are not like them as punchlines, and even worse, punching bags. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 Invesco QQQ believes How to Not Suck at Money will empower students and student-athletes to learn about finances on their own terms without necessarily having to request help or, even worse, take another class. Michael Loré, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The fires risked damaging the roughly 3 million species that live in the Amazon—or, worse still, triggering a feedback loop of dieback in the forest. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 11 Oct. 2021 Sadly, my burger was delivered with a paltry sprinkle of the Cheetos on top and, worse yet, the bottom of the bun was soaked in something that looked like nacho cheese. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 Even worse – calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. Nick Romano, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2021 Even worse, only 40% of leaders are well-versed in overcoming resistance to change. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Even worse, in my opinion, is Rob’s (David Arquette) foray into high school to help his sister, and get a second chance at a baseball career. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 8 Oct. 2021 However, another study said 14% of 11-17-year-olds who contracted COVID were still suffering from symptoms 15 weeks later—older children seem to fare worse. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of worse

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for worse

Adjective

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

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“Worse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worse. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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worse

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of worse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: lower in quality
: less pleasant, attractive, appealing, effective, useful, etc.
: more serious or severe

worse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worse (Entry 2 of 3)

: something that is worse

worse

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of worse (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a worse way
used to say that what is going to be described is worse than what was mentioned before

worse

adjective
\ ˈwərs How to pronounce worse (audio) \

Kids Definition of worse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

comparative of bad

or of ill

1 : more bad or evil Is cheating worse than lying?
2 : being in poorer health The child was worse the next day.
3 : more unfavorable, difficult, or unpleasant a worse punishment
4 : of poorer quality, value, or condition This car is worse than that one.
5 : less skillful I practice, but keep getting worse.
6 : less happy She made me feel worse.
7 : more faulty or unsuitable His idea was even worse.

worse

noun

Kids Definition of worse (Entry 2 of 3)

: something worse I suffered insults and worse.

worse

adverb

Kids Definition of worse (Entry 3 of 3)

comparative of badly

or of ill

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

worse

Medical Definition of worse

comparative of ill

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