worst

adjective
\ ˈwərst How to pronounce worst (audio) \

Definition of worst

 (Entry 1 of 4)

superlative of bad

or of ill

1 : most corrupt, bad, evil, or ill his worst fault
2a : 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
the worst way
: very much such men … need indoctrination the worst way— J. G. Cozzens often used with inwanted a new bicycle in the worst way

worst

adverb

Definition of worst (Entry 2 of 4)

superlative of ill

or illy

or of bad

or badly

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

worst

noun
plural worst

Definition of worst (Entry 3 of 4)

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

worst

verb
worsted; worsting; worsts

Definition of worst (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to get the better of : defeat

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Examples of worst in a Sentence

Adjective This is the worst car I've ever bought. In my opinion, it's her worst book. It was the worst movie I've ever seen. His worst quality is his impatience. This has got to be the worst day of my life. The worst part of working there is the long commute. My worst fears came true. He lives in the worst area of the city. He is the worst singer I've ever heard. They're the worst team ever. Adverb My sister was hurt worst. the areas worst hit by the drought She was voted the worst-dressed celebrity of 2005. Noun What's the worst that can happen? When it comes to dancing, he is the worst. That movie was the worst! He is the worst of the bunch. He is one of the worst in the class. Even in the worst of times, she was hopeful. It's still raining, but the worst of the storm is over now. The worst of it is, I don't even know how to contact her. The company was operating on high costs and low prices—the worst of both worlds. Verb how humiliating for a tennis champ to be worsted by a player no one had ever heard of
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the president has been his own worst enemy at times. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "President Trump's immigration crackdown inundates Supreme Court," 27 Feb. 2020 The second-worst team can fall as far as sixth, with the next-worst team plummeting as far as seventh. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why Warriors-Knicks isn’t necessarily a ‘race to the bottom’," 11 Dec. 2019 Defensive miscues by Contreras and Albert Almora Jr. contributed to his struggles, but Lester also was his own worst enemy at times. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "From boos to oohs: After falling into a 4-run hole, the Cubs romp past the Pirates 17-8 with 5 home runs," 13 Sep. 2019 And with that, here’s a look at the best and worst fashion statements from the NBA draft. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Denver Sports Omelette: Best and worst fashion statements from the NBA draft," 21 June 2019 To put that in perspective, the Cowboys have had 34 games with a 100-yard rusher since then, and the next-worst team, the Colts, have had four. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "NFC North Offseason Report Cards: Vikings Go All-In for Kirk Cousins, Packers Bring in TE Help," 21 June 2018 Meanwhile, a new survey ranks, S.F., New York City, D.C., Detroit and Oakland, as worst run cities. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 To see the top ten and worst ten first-time jobs, go through the photos in the gallery above. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "These are the best, worst entry-level jobs for 2018, according to WalletHub report," 26 Apr. 2018 Sam Rayburn lost its fifth straight and a reason for that skid is because the Texans became their own worst enemy at the worst possible time. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Brown scores 13 OT points as Trojans down Texans," 19 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Then the company went public in 2017 to became one of the worst-performing IPOs that year. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Do you really need new clothes every month? Subscription box novelty has worn off," 12 Mar. 2020 The worst-performing stocks on Wednesday cut across industries, reflecting how broad the concern among investors was. New York Times, "Stocks Plunge, With Dow in Bear Market: Live Updates," 11 Mar. 2020 In the United States, the 10 worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 were those of oil producers. BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks plunge in worst drop since 2008," 10 Mar. 2020 The late-game woes are no doubt a byproduct of a matador-like defense that has, so far, been the NBA’s worst in the fourth quarter, where the Blazers own a league-worst 122.8 defensive rating. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers aren’t concerned about discouraging start to NBA season. Should they be?," 14 Nov. 2019 The Suns had the second-worst defensive rating in the league last season at 114.2. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "For Suns Star Devin Booker, It's Time to Start Showing Growth in New Areas," 29 Aug. 2019 For reference, the league's worst defensive rating over the course of the season belongs to the Phoenix Suns at 113.3; the Suns entered Thursday with the NBA's worst record at 19-53. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Likely without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks face challenge of fixing defense vs. Bulls," 22 Mar. 2018 The worst-performing Democrat in a head-to-head matchup was former Vice President Joe Biden, earning only 48% of the vote compared to Trump's 52%. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Trump beats every 2020 Democrat in head-to-head matchups except Sanders: Poll," 20 Feb. 2020 But as the dust settles, Sinn Féin’s climate platform will be one to watch, particularly given Ireland’s ranking as the worst-performing country in the European Union on climate. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The EU Says It Cares About Climate Change. Ireland Could Test That.," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If this is Warhol at his provocative worst, at least the exhibition for the most part reveals Warhol at his colorful and kitschy best. John J. Miller, National Review, "Andy Warhola’s Religion," 19 Dec. 2019 Shortly after taking office in July, Mr Johnson confirmed his critics’ worst fears by suspending Parliament in order to try to stop it from legislating against no-deal. The Economist, "Not yet done 2019 in review: Britain’s turbulent times," 21 Dec. 2019 But here’s my follow-up question that shows how conflicted this season really is: Does the front office want the Dolphins to win these next three games against the bad Jets, awful Giants and worst-in-the-world Bengals? Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5 Mailbag: Is front office on board with Dolphins winning?," 3 Dec. 2019 The offense managed to score only 22 total points against the Hilltoppers, Volunteers and Golden Eagles, and was held to less than 300 yards each time out and three of its four worst rushing performances of the season. Evan Dudley, al, "5 takeaways from UAB’s loss to Southern Miss," 12 Nov. 2019 The effect was most clearly seen around the three-year Red Sox whiplash era of worst-to-first-to-worst again from 2012-14. BostonGlobe.com, "One bad season such as the Red Sox just wrapped up will amount to only a smudge on the team’s long-term financial picture.," 30 Sep. 2019 Before departing, get a copy of everyone’s travel information in case of worst-scenario situations. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "We’re All Overlooking the Easiest Group Trip Ever: The Cruise," 23 Sep. 2019 The team’s hope was to create more takeaways after finishing with NFL worsts of two interceptions and seven forced turnovers in 2018. Si Wire, SI.com, "49ers vs. Bengals Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Time," 15 Sep. 2019 Another strange, strange window, and perhaps my choices for best and worst might be controversial. SI.com, "Ranking Every Chelsea Summer Transfer Window Since 2002," 10 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fact that Richards is 75.4% from the free throw line makes him a more viable option than most big men in that scenario when the opponent is looking to send the team’s worst free throw shooter to the line. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball is rising, but John Calipari needs one more fix to feel comfortable," 24 Feb. 2020 Here are three takeaways from the Aggies’ loss to the Gamecocks: Gamecocks roll over the Aggies Saturday was one of A&M’s worst games this season with the Aggies suffering their third-most lopsided loss of the year. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Texas A&M’s hot start fizzles, Aggies suffer one of their most lopsided losses of the season to South Carolina," 8 Feb. 2020 Our best and worst Christmas memories from our childhoods inevitably haunt us. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Profound Loneliness of Christmas," 20 Dec. 2019 After a one-game suspension, a hip injury and Cumberland’s worst three-game scoring stretch since 2017, the University of Cincinnati head coach and star guard needed to figure it out. Charlie Goldsmith, Cincinnati.com, "UT Vols' Rick Barnes: 'You've got to be prepared for guys' like UC's Jarron Cumberland," 19 Dec. 2019 This is Eastwood’s worst wide opening for a film in 40 years, since his 1980 film Bronco Billy, according to Yahoo Movies UK. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell Bombs After Backlash — Marks His Worst Opening in 40 Years," 16 Dec. 2019 Coming off the team’s worst offensive performance of the year look for the Saints to come out firing and Thomas being in the middle of it. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Prop Bet Payday - Week 11," 16 Nov. 2019 Virginia Tech suffered the program’s worst home loss last week, getting steamrolled in a 45-10 loss to Duke. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Hurricanes face must-win against Virginia Tech to start critical ACC stretch," 4 Oct. 2019 In a trend that probably isn’t coincidental, Aldridge’s worst four performances this season have come in the games the Spurs have lost. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Aldridge remains a mystery the Spurs don’t try to explain," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of worst

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1636, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for worst

Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for worst

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The first known use of worst was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Worst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worst. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for worst

worst

adjective
How to pronounce worst (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of worst

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: worse than all others
: least skillful, talented, or successful
: least appropriate, useful, or helpful

worst

adverb

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

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

worst

noun

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

: 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

adjective
\ ˈwərst How to pronounce worst (audio) \

Kids Definition of worst

 (Entry 1 of 4)

superlative of bad

or of ill

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.

worst

adverb

Kids Definition of worst (Entry 2 of 4)

superlative of ill

or of badly

: in the worst way possible He was hurt worst.

worst

noun

Kids Definition of worst (Entry 3 of 4)

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

worst

verb
worsted; worsting

Kids Definition of worst (Entry 4 of 4)

: to get the better of : defeat

worst

Medical Definition of worst

superlative of ill

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