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Definition of "worse" []

  • More inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect. (adjective)
  • More severe or unfavorable. (adjective)
  • Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory. (adjective)
  • Being in poorer health; more ill. (adjective)
  • Something that is worse: Of the two routes, the eastern one is the worse. She was accused of cheating on exams, lying, and worse. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "worse" in a sentence
  • "They made worse than nothing of it -- _worse_, I say, because they let and hindered those who might have made something of it."
  • "If the Opera is to be performed the day after to-morrow, there must be another private rehearsal to-morrow, or _each time it will be given worse and worse_."
  • "The general banter throughout the program between her, John, and I… was fine for the most part… until Adrienne’s frustration kept getting worse and worse…"