Meaning of worst off in English:

worst off

adverb

  • Used predicatively: in the least favourable or advantageous position; (now) especially least well provided with money or other resources.

adjective

  • In attributive use. Usually with hyphen. Least favourably placed or advantaged; especially least wealthy or well-to-do; poorest.

noun

  • With the and plural concord. Those who are in the least favourable or advantageous position; especially people who are worst off financially, considered as a class.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Peter Beckford (1740–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting. From worst + off.

Pronunciation

worst off

/ˌwəːst ˈɒf/