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.
(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”
worsenedmade or become worse; impaired
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
amendedmodified for the better
finer(comparative of `fine’) greater in quality or excellence
improvedbecome or made better in quality
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changed for the worse in health or fitness
(comparative of `ill’) in a less effective or successful or desirable manner“he did
worse on the second exam”
something inferior in quality or condition or effect