Worsted definition

wo͝ostĭd, wûrstĭd
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Simple past tense and past participle of worst.
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Natural or synthetic yarn of a medium weight.
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Firm-textured, compactly twisted woolen yarn made from long-staple fibers.
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Fabric made from such yarn.
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A smooth, firmly twisted thread or yarn made from long-staple wool combed to make the fibers lie in the same direction.
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Fabric made from this, as gabardine or serge, with a smooth, hard surface.
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Made of worsted.
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Yarn made from long strands of wool.
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The fine, smooth fabric made from such wool yarn.
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(fine wool fabric): gabardine, serge, tamin, whipcord.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
worsted
Plural:
worsteds

Origin of worsted

  • Middle English variant of worthstede after Worthstede (Worstead), a village of eastern England

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

  • Named after Worsted (now Worstead), a town in Norfolk, England.

    From Wiktionary

  • Participle adjective of the verb worst.

    From Wiktionary