What does worsted mean?

Definitions for worstedˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word worsted.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsted(noun)

    a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns "he wore a worsted suit"

  2. worsted, worsted yarn(noun)

    a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worsted

    of Worst

  2. Worsted(noun)

    well-twisted yarn spun of long-staple wool which has been combed to lay the fibers parallel, used for carpets, cloth, hosiery, gloves, and the like

  3. Worsted(noun)

    fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery

  4. Origin: [From Worsted, now spelled Worstead, a town in Norfolk, England; for Worthstead. See Worth, n., and Stead.]


  1. Worsted

    Worsted is a type of yarn, the fabric made from this yarn, and a yarn weight category. The name derives from Worstead, a village in the English county of Norfolk. This village, together with North Walsham and Aylsham, became a manufacturing centre for yarn and cloth in the 12th century when pasture enclosure and liming rendered the East Anglian soil too rich for the older agrarian sheep breeds; and weavers from Flanders moved to Norfolk. Worsted was made from the long-staple pasture wool from sheep breeds such as Teeswaters, Old Leicester Longwool and Romney Marsh. Pasture wool was not carded: instead it was washed, gilled and combed using heated long-tooth metal combs, oiled and spun. When woven, worsteds were scoured but not fulled. Worsted wool fabric is typically used in the making of tailored garments such as suits, as opposed to woollen wool which is used for knitted items such as sweaters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Worsted

    woost′ed, or woorst′ed, n. twisted thread or yarn spun out of long, combed wool: woollen yarn for ornamental needlework.—adj. made of worsted yarn.—n. Worst′ed-work, needlework done with worsted. [From Worstead, a village near Norwich in England.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worsted in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worsted in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Earl of Kent, _The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear_:

    A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

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Translations for worsted

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • aniquilado, gabardina, derrotado, vencido, estambre, aplastado, deshecho, sargaSpanish
  • lyöty, kampalanka, kampalankakangasFinnish
  • vaincu, taillé en pièces, anéanti, déconfit, annihilé, battu à plate couture, gabardine, écrasé, pure laine peignée, culbuté, défait, battuFrench
  • mustairtIrish
  • pettinatoItalian
  • kamgarnNorwegian
  • lã penteada, lã cardada, estambrePortuguese
  • gabardină, stofă-gabardin, lână pieptănatăRomanian
  • камвольная, побеждённый, пряжаRussian
  • redgarn, kamgarnSwedish

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