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Meaning of WORSE

Pronunciation:  wurs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something inferior in quality or condition or effect; "for better or for worse"; "accused of cheating and lying and worse"
  2. [adv]  (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner; "he did worse on the second exam"
  3. [adj]  (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability; "this road is worse than the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying"
  4. [adj]  changed for the worse in health or fitness; "I feel worse today"; "her cold is worse"

WORSE is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: worsened
 Antonyms: better
 See Also: bad, badness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Worse\, a., compar. of {Bad}. [OE. werse, worse, wurse,
    AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding
    positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro,
    Icel. verri, Sw. v["a]rre, Dan. v["a]rre, Goth. wa['i]rsiza,
    and probably to OHG. werran to bring into confusion, E. war,
    and L. verrere to sweep, sweep along. As bad has no
    comparative and superlative, worse and worst are used in lieu
    of them, although etymologically they have no relation to
    Bad, ill, evil, or corrupt, in a greater degree; more bad or
    evil; less good; specifically, in poorer health; more sick;
    -- used both in a physical and moral sense.
          Or worse, if men worse can devise.       --Chaucer.
          [She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.
                                                   --Mark v. 26.
          Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. --2
                                                   Tim. iii. 13.
          There are men who seem to believe they are not bad
          while another can be found worse.        --Rambler.
          ``But I love him.'' ``Love him? Worse and worse.''
  2. \Worse\, n.
    1. Loss; disadvantage; defeat. ``Judah was put to the worse
       before Israel.'' --Kings xiv. 12.
    2. That which is worse; something less good; as, think not
       the worse of him for his enterprise.
  3. \Worse\, adv. [AS. wiers, wyrs; akin to OS. & OHG. wirs,
    Icel. verr, Goth, wa['i]rs; a comparative adverb with no
    corresponding positive. See {Worse}, a.]
    In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad.
          Now will we deal worse with thee than with them. --Gen.
                                                   xix. 9.
  4. \Worse\, v. t. [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.]
    To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst.
    See {Worst}, v.
          Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to
          better us and worse our foes.            --Milton.