worse1 [wə:s US wə:rs] adj
[: Old English; Origin: wiersa, wyrsa]
1.) [the comparative of bad]
more unpleasant, bad, or severe
→↑better worse than
The violence was worse than we expected.
The traffic is much worse after five o'clock.
The weather was a lot worse this year.
Conditions will get worse as the winter continues.
High inflation will make unemployment worse .
Don't say anything, you'll only make matters worse .
The bullying got worse and worse until finally he had to leave the school.
There's nothing worse than being robbed while you're on holiday.
The school's not perfect, but I suppose it could be worse .
2.) more ill than before
If she's worse in the morning, I'll call the doctor.
I was worried because he seemed to be getting worse rather than better.
The tablets seemed to make him worse .
3.) be none the worse for sth
to not have been harmed by something
She seemed none the worse for her night out in the cold.
4.) worse luck
spoken used to say that you are disappointed or annoyed by something
I've got one more year of college, worse luck!
5.) sb could do worse than do sth
spoken used to say that you think that someone should do something
He could do worse than marry Eleanor.
6.) go from bad to worse
to continue getting worse
Things went from bad to worse , and in the end she lost her job.
7.) the worse for wear also the worse for drink BrE
informal drunk
Worse is a comparative form : The problem got worse and worse.
!! Do not say 'more worse' or 'worser'.
Worst is a superlative form : the worst film (NOT worse film) I have ever seen
!! Do not say 'most worst' or 'worstest'.
worse 2
worse2 n [U]
1.) something worse
We thought the situation was bad, but worse was to follow.
2.) take a turn for the worse
to change and become worse
Last year his health took a turn for the worse.
worse 3
worse3 adv [the comparative of badly]
in a more severe or serious way than before
→↑better worse than
By lunch time it was raining worse than ever.
[sentence adverb]
The business could become less profitable or, even worse , could close down.
Suppose Rose, or worse still , Peter had seen the photograph?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Worse — Worse, a., compar. of {Bad}. [OE. werse, worse, wurse, AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro, Icel. verri, Sw. v[ a]rre, Dan. v[ a]rre, Goth. wa[ i]rsiza, and probably to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worse — ► ADJECTIVE 1) less good, satisfactory, or pleasing. 2) more serious or severe. 3) more ill or unhappy. ► ADVERB 1) less well. 2) more seriously or severely. ► NOUN ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • worse — [wʉrs] adj. [ME < OE wiersa (used as compar. of yfel, bad, EVIL), akin to OHG wirsiro, prob. < base of OHG & OS werran, to confuse] 1. compar. of BAD1 & ILL1 2. a) bad, evil, harmful, unpleasant, etc. in a greater degree; …   English World dictionary

  • Worse — Worse, n. 1. Loss; disadvantage; defeat. Judah was put to the worse before Israel. Kings xiv. 12. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worse — Worse, adv. [AS. wiers, wyrs; akin to OS. & OHG. wirs, Icel. verr, Goth, wa[ i]rs; a comparative adverb with no corresponding positive. See {Worse}, a.] In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad. [1913 Webster] Now will we deal worse with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worse — Worse, v. t. [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.] To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See {Worst}, v. [1913 Webster] Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to better us and worse our foes. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worse — O.E. wiersa, wyrsa, from P.Gmc. *wers izon (Cf. O.S. wirs, O.N. verri, Swed. värre, O.Fris. wirra, O.H.G. wirsiro, Goth. wairsiza worse ), comparative of PIE *wers to confuse, mix up (Cf. O.H.G. werra strife, O.S …   Etymology dictionary

  • worse — worse·ment; worse·ness; worse; …   English syllables

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  • worse — 1 adjective 1 (the comparative of bad) not as good as someone or something else, or more unpleasant or of a lower standard: The meal couldn t have been much worse. | worse than: The weather was worse than last year. | there s nothing worse than… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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