What does worse mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word worse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worseadjective

    something inferior in quality or condition or effect

    "for better or for worse"; "accused of cheating and lying and worse"

  2. worseadjective

    (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"

  3. worse, worsenedadverb

    changed for the worse in health or fitness

    "I feel worse today"; "her cold is worse"

  4. worseadverb

    (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner

    "he did worse on the second exam"


  1. worsenoun

    A worse condition.

    His mood took a turn for the worse.

  2. worseverb

    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.

  3. worseadverb

    Less skillfully.

  4. worseadverb

    More severely or seriously.

  5. worseadverb

    Used to start a sentence.

    Her leg is infected. Still worse, she's developing a fever.

  6. worseadjective

    More ill.

    She was very ill last week but this week she's worse.

  7. worseadjective

    Of lower quality, less desirable.

  8. worseadjective

    More severe or serious.

  9. worseadjective

    More evil.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Worseadjective

    The comparative of bad: bad, worse, worst. More bad; more ill.

    Etymology: wirs , Saxon.

    Why should he see your faces worse liking than the children of your sort? Daniel i. 10.

    Whether this or worse, love not the faithful side. John Milton.

    In happiness and misery, the question still remains, how men come often to prefer the worse to the better, and to chuse that, which, by their own confession, has made them miserable. John Locke.

  2. Worseadverb

    In a manner more bad.

    The more one sickens, the worse at ease he is. William Shakespeare.

  3. The Worsenoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Was never man, who most conquests atchiev’d,
    But sometimes had the worse, and lost by war. Edmund Spenser.

    Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled to their tents. 2 Kings xiv. 12.

    A man, whatever are his professions, always thinks the worse of a woman, who forgives him for making an attempt on her virtue. Clarissa.

  4. To Worseverb

    To put to disadvantage. This word, though analogical enough, is not now used.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Perhaps more valid arms,
    Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
    May serve to better us, and worse our foes. John Milton.


  1. worse

    Worse is an adjective that describes something of lesser quality, ability, or value in comparison to another thing or a previous state. It refers to a decline or deterioration in circumstances, characteristics, or conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worse

    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

  2. Worsenoun

    loss; disadvantage; defeat

  3. Worsenoun

    that which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise

  4. Worseadjective

    in a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad

  5. Worseverb

    to make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v

  6. Etymology: [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Worse

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1719

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1054

Anagrams for worse »

  1. owers

  2. resow

  3. serow

  4. sorwe

  5. sower

  6. sowre

  7. swore

  8. WOREs

  9. owser

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worse in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of worse in a Sentence

  1. Tracy Morgan:

    I've overcome a lot but there are people out there that are worse off than me, and I have to see it that way, i'm doing standup for Netflix, I'm living my life, I'm getting to see my kids grow. There's people out there with nothing to eat, no water.

  2. Ian Chong CPE:

    There is NO such thing as an Ergonomic (device) anything. I could give the best Ergonomic tool / device in the world and if you use it wrong, you will probably get worse.

  3. Mark Naison:

    They think this is their country, and they're really special, these tensions are going to get worse. We're stumbling toward being a more multiracial society with everyone's culture respected and everyone having a shot at leadership.

  4. Steven Englander:

    The G20 communique basically says 1) the world is not as bad a place as markets think; and 2) if it gets worse we will use fiscal, monetary and structural policy aggressively to fix it, in baseball parlance, they were aiming for a single in terms of restoring confidence and they probably achieved it.

  5. Ruth Steinberg:

    We've gone through much worse things, i'm more upset about the Yankees.

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