(dated, intransitive) To grow worse; to deteriorate.
- Under the most negative circumstances, estimation, or interpretation:
At worst, the storm will make us postpone the trip.
- To suffer a defeat or disadvantage.
- If the very worst thing happens.
- Very much; a great deal:
wanted to be elected in the worst way.
- under the worst circumstances; at the greatest disadvantage
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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