Worst meaning

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Most inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect.

The worst hitter on the team.

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In the worst manner.
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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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Worst means the most serious, dangerous or unpleasant thing.

When you hear about a plane crash on the plane your husband was on, this is an example of when you fear the worst.

When the most dangerous part of a hurricane is over, this is an example of when the worst is over.

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Most severe or unfavorable.

The worst winter in years.

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Being furthest from an ideal or a standard; least desirable or satisfactory.

This is the worst cafeteria!

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In the worst manner or degree.
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To gain the advantage over; defeat.

Was worsted in the argument.

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Something that is worst.
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In the least favorable condition or least satisfactory situation.
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To a degree that is most bad, evil, unpleasant, etc.
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That which is worst.
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To get the better of; defeat.
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Superlative form of bad: most bad.
  • Most inferior; doing the least good.
    I think putting oil on a burn is the worst thing you can do.
  • That's the worst news I've had all day.
  • Most harmful or severe.
    The worst storm we had last winter knocked down our power lines.
  • Most ill.
    I'm feeling really ill "” the worst I've felt all week.
  • Used with the definite article and an implied noun: something that is worst.
    None of these photographs of me are good, but this one is definitely the worst.
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In the worst way: most badly, most ill.

My sore leg hurts worst when it's cold and rainy.

This is the worst-written essay I've ever seen.

She's the worst-informed of the lot.

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(archaic) To make worse.
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(dated, intransitive) To grow worse; to deteriorate.
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(rare) To outdo or defeat, especially in battle.
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The definition of worst is the least preferred alternative, something of the lowest quality, or something that is the most dangerous or undesirable.

The falling-down and trashy house in a beautiful neighborhood is an example of the worst house on the block.

The turn of events that you want to happen the least is an example of the worst case scenario.

The hurricane that kills the most people ever is an example of the worst hurricane in history.

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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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  • 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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give someone the worst of it
  • To defeat or get the better of someone.
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if (the) worst comes to (the) worst
  • If the worst possible thing happens.
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(in) the worst way
  • Very much; greatly.
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make the worst of
  • To be pessimistic about.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

if (the) worst comes to (the) worst
give someone the worst of it
if (the) worst comes to (the) worst
make the worst of

Origin of worst

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

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