- The definition of worse is less acceptable or less healthy.
An example of worse used as an adjective is in the sentence, "The flu is worse than a cold," which means that the flu makes people sicker than a cold.
- Worse means in a less acceptable way or manner.
An example of worse used as an adverb is in the phrase "worse hate," which means to hate with more evil.
- Worse is defined as that which is less healthy or less acceptable.
An example of worse are the intestinal symptoms of the flu as compared to the intestinal symptoms with a cold.
- compar. of bad & ill
- bad, evil, harmful, unpleasant, etc. in a greater degree; less good
- of inferior quality or condition
- in poorer health or physical condition; more ill; less well
- in a less favorable condition; in a less satisfactory situation
Origin of worseMiddle English from Old English wiersa (used as comparative of yfel, bad, evil), akin to Old High German wirsiro, probably from base of Old High German and Old Saxon werran, to confuse
- compar. of badly & ill
- in a worse manner or way
- to a worse extent or degree
for the worse
- in a worse situation or condition
- having less income, wealth, etc.
adjectiveComparative of bad1 ill
- More inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect: This restaurant is worse than the one that used to be here.
- More severe or unfavorable: The weather suddenly got worse.
- Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory.
- Being in poorer health; more ill: I felt worse after eating that pizza.
adverbComparative of badly ill
Origin of worseMiddle English from Old English wyrsa ; see wers- in Indo-European roots.
- comparative form of badly: more badly
- He drives worse than anyone I know.
- comparative form of ill: more ill.
- He's worse-mannered than she is.
- Less skillfully.
- More severely or seriously.
- (sentence adverb) Used to start a sentence describing something that is worse.
- Her leg is infected. Still worse, she's developing a fever.
(third-person singular simple present worses, present participle worsing, simple past and past participle worsed)
- That which is worse; something less good.
- Do not think the worse of him for his enterprise.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old English wyrsa. Cognate with Dutch wers (“worse").