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Definition of "worst" []

  • Most inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect. (adjective)
  • Most severe or unfavorable. (adjective)
  • Being furthest from an ideal or a standard; least desirable or satisfactory. (adjective)
  • In the worst manner or degree. (adverb)
  • To gain the advantage over; defeat. (verb-transitive)

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 "worst" in a sentence
  • "I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released -- emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were \ "the worst of the worst\" -- and will soon be reporting the stories of the six Yemenis transferred to the custody of the Yemeni government."
  • "The airline that MSNBC declared the \ "worst of the worst\" in June 2008 is striving mightily to maintain that status in 2009."
  • "When this alteration first came into my mind, I supposed Helen to mean thus, _First, _ I venture what is dearest to me, my maiden reputation; but if your distrust _extends_ my character _to the worst of_ the _worst, and supposes me _seared_ against the sense of infamy, I will add to the stake of reputation, the stake of life."