something inferior in quality or condition or effect
"for better or for worse"; "accused of cheating and lying and worse"
(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"
changed for the worse in health or fitness
"I feel worse today"; "her cold is worse"
(comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner
"he did worse on the second exam"
A worse condition.
His mood took a turn for the worse.
To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
Weapons more violent, when next we meet, / May serve to better us and worse our foes. uE000123180uE001 Milton.
More severely or seriously.
Used to start a sentence.
Her leg is infected. Still worse, she's developing a fever.
She was very ill last week but this week sheu2019s worse.
Of lower quality, less desirable.
More severe or serious.
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
loss; disadvantage; defeat
that which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise
in a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad
to make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v
Origin: [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wurs, adj. (used as comp. of bad) bad or evil in a greater degree: more sick.—adv. bad in a higher degree: less: (Shak.) with more severity.—v.t. (obs.) to worst.—v.i. Wor′sen, to grow worse.—v.t. to make worse.—adv. Wor′ser, a redundant comparative of worse.—The worse, defeat, disadvantage. [A.S. wyrsa, from wiers-sa from wirsiza (Goth. wairsiza), formed with comp. suffix -iz from a Teut. root wers, found in Ger. ver-wirren, to confuse.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'worse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1719
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'worse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1054
owers, resow, serow, sorwe, sower, sowre, swore, WOREs
The numerical value of worse in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of worse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
They say keep looking up, things could get worse. So I kept looking up and sure enough things got worse.
I've heard Democrats say it would have been worse without the Koch strategy, what's worse than nine seats? It doesn't get much worse than that.
If (PO) maintains power, if we don't manage to take it from them, things will be much worse than before. You may say things cannot get worse. Things can always get worse.
Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is worse than evil, because it is also sterile.
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- pitjorCatalan, Valencian
- schlimmer, schlechterGerman
- pli malbonaEsperanto
- pire, plus mauvaisFrench
- より悪い, もっと悪い, いっそう悪い, さらに。。。悪いJapanese
- 더 나쁜Korean
- slechter, ergerDutch
- pês, pêr, menderRomansh
- peus, pejusSardinian
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