worse




Worse means “not as good as something else” or “changed negatively,” like a sore throat that is getting worse, meaning it hurts more now.

Worse comes from the Old Saxon word werran or “to entangle, compound.” To compound is to add to, so if troubles, complication, or anything else that entangles are added to a situation, it will get worse. Remember that worse is used to compare two things, such as “now” and “before,” while worst compares three or more things. You might use worse than yesterday, but this doesn’t make it the worst cold you ever had.

Definitions of worse
  1. adjective

    (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”
    Synonyms:

    worsened

    made or become worse; impaired
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    Antonyms:

    better

    (comparative of `good’) superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another
    amended

    modified for the better
    finer

    (comparative of `fine’) greater in quality or excellence
    improved

    become or made better in quality
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  2. adjective

    changed for the worse in health or fitness

    “I feel
    worse today”
    “her cold is
    worse
    synonyms:
    worsened
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    Antonyms:

    better

    (comparative of `good’) changed for the better in health or fitness
    fitter, healthier

    improved in health or physical condition
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  3. adverb

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

    “he did
    worse on the second exam”

  4. noun

    something inferior in quality or condition or effect

    “for better or for
    worse
    “accused of cheating and lying and
    worse
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    type of:

    bad, badness

    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

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