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.]
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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
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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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