Worst Definition

wûrst
worsts
adjective
Webster's New World
Of the lowest quality or condition.
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Most severe or unfavorable.
The worst winter in years.
American Heritage
Bad, evil, harmful, unpleasant, etc. in the highest degree; least good.
Webster's New World
In the least favorable condition or least satisfactory situation.
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Synonyms:
  • basest
  • bitterest
  • feeblest
  • foulest
  • grossest
  • hardest
  • heaviest
  • lewdest
  • lousiest
  • nastiest
  • seediest
  • shadiest
  • sickest
  • unluckiest
  • unruliest
Antonyms:
  • best
  • truest
  • rightest
  • worthiest
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adverb
Webster's New World
In the worst manner.
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To a degree that is most bad, evil, unpleasant, etc.
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Worst is defined as the least skilled, the most serious or the thing considered the most unpleasant.
When poor neighborhoods are the most affected by unemployment, this is an example of when they are the worst affected.
When you are discussing everything that went wrong in your day such as running late and forgetting your purse, but the most unpleasant thing in the entire day was the fact you got a speeding ticket, this is an example of when you would say "worst of all, I got a speeding ticket."
When you are the least skilled at playing baseball of anyone, this is an example of when you are the worst.
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verb
To get the better of; defeat.
Webster's New World
(archaic) To make worse.
Wiktionary

(dated, intransitive) To grow worse; to deteriorate.

Wiktionary

(rare) To outdo or defeat, especially in battle.

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noun
worsts
That which is worst.
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idiom
at (the) worst
  • Under the most negative circumstances, estimation, or interpretation:

    At worst, the storm will make us postpone the trip.

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get
  • To suffer a defeat or disadvantage.
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if (the) worst comes to (the) worst
  • If the very worst thing happens.
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in the worst way
  • Very much; a great deal:

    wanted to be elected in the worst way.

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at worst
  • under the worst circumstances; at the greatest disadvantage
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Origin of Worst

  • Middle English from Old English wyrsta wers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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