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 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 The Dolphins were their own worst enemy Sunday — a persisting symptom of mediocre and bad teams. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "How satisfied are you with Dolphins? Vote in latest postgame poll | Miami Herald," 24 Dec. 2017 The report was to look at financial and worst-case-scenario impacts from a spill in the Straits. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan scraps Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline safety study after conflict discovered," 21 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Absolute worst-case: Winston gets hurt, because MSU does not have a replacement for his production. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball: Here's our NCAA tournament forecast," 3 Nov. 2019 According to worst-case estimates, turning the current health care system, as is, into Medicare for All, would require $34 trillion of additional federal funding over the next decade. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "This is how Warren says she can pay for Medicare for All," 1 Nov. 2019 If harvest is disrupted, the wine compromised or, worst-case, ruined entirely, a winemaker has to wait an entire year to make another batch. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Wildfires and Wine Country: How the industry is adapting to new realities," 26 Oct. 2019 The second statement included the prediction and a worst-case scenario. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "To Encourage Climate Action, Talk Up the Benefits of Adaptation," 15 Oct. 2019 The Heat sacrifice all of their cap space in 2021 for a player who, at worst, will way underperform his contact, and, at best, still doesn't make the Heat a championship contender. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is this the time to revisit the possibility of a Heat trade for Chris Paul?," 24 Sep. 2019 If the Amber Alert was fake, too, that would be worst of all, amping our sense of real-world danger in service of a play that in no way needs that kind of aid. New York Times, "The Cell, the Spell and the Mystery of ‘Sea Wall/A Life’," 27 Aug. 2019 One thing that sets the state apart was foresight about the depth of Brazil’s worst-ever recession, which began in 2014. The Economist, "One Brazilian state stands out as a model of efficiency," 8 Aug. 2019 The Bears and Texans both pulled off worst-to-first moves in 2018, bringing to 25 the number of teams to successfully go from the basement to the penthouse in the last 16 seasons. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "The realistic expectation for the 2019 Bears is ______ . Our writers fill in the blanks on 4 topics before training camp.," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Plus, Harper has been a bust, batting .248 with a .825 OPS and on pace to establish career worsts in strikeout rate (28%), contact rate (68%) and swinging strike rate (15%). Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "The NL East was supposed to have four good teams. Turns out it only has one.," 24 June 2019 Where does the defeat rank on the list of worst defeats for the all-time great? Chris Chase, For The Win, "Was Roger Federer's Wimbledon collapse the worst of his career? Ranking his five biggest losses.," 11 July 2018 His previous-worst was -25 against the Spurs in the 2nd half of Game 3 in the NBA Finals. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Winners and losers from Game 1," 14 May 2018 His shooting percentages - 39.6 percent overall and 27.7 percent from 3-point range -- are both career-worsts. charlotteobserver, "Hornets fans have been critical of Nic Batum’s play. His response might surprise you," 17 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 For more on state budgeting and economic performance, see the states with the best and worst economies , the best and worst states for business , and the best and worst run states in America: a survey of all 50 . Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "If you're saving for retirement, remember this: It's really just 20 years of unemployment," 22 Oct. 2019 These are some of the measures Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has ordered effective Monday at all U.N. facilities and operations around the world to deal with the United Nations’ worst cash crisis in nearly a decade. Washington Post, "UN chief orders travel, meetings, heat cut over cash crisis," 12 Oct. 2019 They’ve been outscored 163-26 this season, which is the NFL’s worst four-game point differential since at least 1940, and 81-0 in the second half after Los Angeles scored on its first three possessions after halftime to take command. BostonGlobe.com, "Chargers vs. Dolphins highlights | Week 4," 30 Sep. 2019 The loss was team’s worst home defeat since losing to Western Kentucky’s 52-3 rout in October 2016. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to FAU at Ball State on Saturday," 13 Sep. 2019 The men, all crew members, had escaped one of California’s worst maritime disasters in decades, a fire that authorities said Monday appeared to have claimed dozens of lives. Niraj Chokshi, BostonGlobe.com, "Dozens missing as scuba trip ends in flames and a haunting plea," 2 Sep. 2019 Entering the weekend, Colorado had the worst cumulative ERA (5.16) in the NL and worst rotation ERA (5.57) in all of baseball. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Peyton Manning on why Broncos’ Von Miller is best athlete he’s ever played with," 15 July 2019 Amid a national uptick in transit train derailments, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has steadily amassed one of the nation’s worst safety records. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "MBTA among nation’s worst for derailments, records show," 11 June 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

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

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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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