Definition of worse in English:

worse

Pronunciation /wərs/

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adjective

  • 1Of poorer quality or lower standard; less good or desirable.

    • ‘the accommodations were awful, and the food was worse’
    1. 1.1More serious or severe.
      • ‘the movement made the pain worse’
    2. 1.2More reprehensible or evil.
      • ‘it is worse to intend harm than to be indifferent’
  • 2predicative or as complement More ill or unhappy.

    • ‘he felt worse, and groped his way back to bed’

adverb

  • 1Less well or skilfully.

    • ‘the more famous I became the worse I painted’
    1. 1.1More seriously or severely.
      • ‘the others had been drunk too, worse than herself’

noun

  • 1A more serious or unpleasant event or situation.

    ‘the small department was already stretched to the limit, but worse was to follow’
    • ‘A steep increase in health costs is already underway and worse is yet to come.’
    • ‘If Angelo thought this an unhappy day, worse was in store for him.’
    • ‘They talked with him about what happened in the cafeteria but Mike just said that he'd had worse and left it at that.’
    • ‘I felt like offering condolences, except the commish has already been through worse.’
    • ‘That way I could be pretty sure I would walk away with not much worse than a severe shaking.’
    1. 1.1the worseA less good, favorable, or pleasant condition.
      ‘the weather changed for the worse’
      • ‘As long as these two elements exist, not voting will not change the present condition for the worse.’
      • ‘PS, sorry to hear Croxy's condition has taken a slight turn for the worse.’
      • ‘The cold spell took a turn for the worse at the weekend with roads in a very dangerous condition and very little sign of gritting.’
      • ‘She believes his condition took a turn for the worse in early 2002 when father refused to give Rodney his medication.’
      • ‘However, it is perhaps Tesco's approach that will be found to be the more resilient should economic conditions take a turn for the worse.’
      • ‘Participants also rated how much these areas of disagreement had changed for the worse.’
      • ‘But his condition quickly took a turn for the worse and his frightened parents called an ambulance.’
      • ‘The first lesson to draw from the study is that the longer the children were exposed to deprivation, the worse was their adjustment.’
      • ‘In all, the lower you are in a social hierarchy, the worse your health and the shorter your life are likely to be.’
      • ‘The more we open up our borders to imports, the worse our trade deficit gets.’
      • ‘Yet, when Kevin's condition took a turn for the worse, she thought her heart would stop at the thought of losing him.’
      • ‘What looks like a pleasant set-up quickly takes a turn for the worse as soon as you make your player selections.’
      • ‘She said her mental condition later took a turn for the worse when she ended up in and out of a local psychiatric hospital.’
      • ‘The weather had changed very much for the worse and, in horrible conditions, fishing was much tougher.’
      • ‘That's what makes it all the worse, to have to descend back into, for lack of a metaphor, hell.’
      • ‘His attitude had taken a turn for the worse when he had been possessed by evil spirits, but he was hardly a boy scout beforehand.’
      • ‘David O'Leary's unhappy season took another turn for the worse yesterday.’
      • ‘First of all we tipped off the hacks that things were taking a turn for the worse and then - miracle of miracles - Jack pulled it off.’
      • ‘She took a turn for the worse last night and I'm scared she's not going to see out the weekend.’
      • ‘Every mission takes a turn for the worse and then does it again.’

Phrases

    worse off
    • In a less advantageous position; less fortunate or prosperous.

      ‘her job was not very enjoyable, but plenty of people were worse off’
      • ‘the average family will be $8 worse off in tax’
      • ‘A couple with five sons say they are going to be worse off under the new tax credits system - if they ever get any money.’
      • ‘In other words if people had the freedom to do what they wanted, overall they would be worse off, and some very much worse off.’
      • ‘We remain opposed to any proposal to increase the state pension age that would make manual workers and the poor worse off.’
      • ‘In general the older people are, the more likely they are to say they are worse off, and to feel angrier.’
      • ‘Under the proposals the majority of police officers are going to be worse off and that is obviously not acceptable.’
      • ‘If customers maximise the service to reduce their mortgage balances, they could still end up worse off.’
      • ‘It's pretty common knowledge that there's always somebody worse off than you.’
      • ‘It reminds us that almost certainly any policy change will make someone worse off.’
      • ‘But those who fled their villages have left behind people who are even worse off.’
      • ‘They argue that the gap between rich and poor has widened and we are worse off than a decade ago.’
    the worse for wear
    informal
    • 1Damaged by use or weather over time; battered and shabby.

      • ‘the plane had been kept outside the motel for 30 years and was beginning to look the worse for wear’
      • ‘The living-room is somewhat the worse for wear, with a threadbare dark red carpet.’
      • ‘Most of these filled baskets looked a little the worse for wear but there were a couple that were in reasonable condition.’
      • ‘It is rather the worse for wear, very grainy with pronounced film defects.’
      • ‘It now consisted of two rooms and a kitchen with a rather forlorn looking hotplate that looked the worse for wear.’
      • ‘The bear had obviously been well-loved by a previous owner and was somewhat the worse for wear.’
      • ‘In the end, though, the truck didn't appear to be much the worse for wear, and they drove it away.’
      • ‘Plus, it looks amazing, a Gothic monstrosity the worse for wear after years of decay and gutting by fire.’
      • ‘The same thing with the condition of this guy's coat - he looked like he'd probably seen a fight or two, but didn't look the worse for wear because of it.’
      • ‘In fact the Finuge pitch, despite the best efforts of the committee, looked the worse for wear after the summer deluge and was not suitable for such an important fixture.’
      • ‘The paint seemed to be rather the worse for wear, her thick mascara tracing black lines down her thin cheeks with the tears that she seemed to be unable to stop.’
    • 2(of a person) feeling rather unwell, especially as a result of drinking too much alcohol.

      • ‘we had a bad trip, and he emerged from his cabin looking the worse for wear’
      • ‘Quite often he'd be drunk and rather the worse for wear.’
      • ‘McDonald said she was ‘near-speechless with indignation and anger’ at implications by the police that she had been the worse for wear after drinking.’
      • ‘As licensees we don't accept the blame for violent thugs who run riot anywhere because if, in our opinion, we feel someone in our pubs is the worse for wear because of drink then we refuse to serve them.’
      • ‘I got the bus at Clapham Common, and three young Australian women got on, rather the worse for wear, one of them with a Smirnoff Ice in her hand.’
      • ‘As a rule, sailors who are the worse for wear for drink won't face charges - providing their actions do not harm other sailors or civilians.’
      • ‘On match days, both pubs will be brimming over with fans, many the worse for wear from alcohol.’
      • ‘He was not in good physical shape and tended to be rather the worse for wear after lunch.’
      • ‘Investigations revealed he was a regular hash user and on this occasion was feeling particularly the worse for wear because he had been drinking heavily the night before.’
      • ‘Checking the following evening, she was still the worse for wear, but said she had only consumed three glasses of wine, remembering nothing of the remaining evening, including how she got home.’
      • ‘When I checked on her condition the next day she was still the worse for wear, but said she had only consumed three glasses of wine before remembering nothing of the remaining evening, including how she got home.’
    none the worse for
    • Not adversely affected by.

      ‘we were none the worse for our terrible experience’
      • ‘My trouser was torn and I had to go home and change into another suit,’ said Ring who was none the worse for the experience.’
      • ‘Finally I managed a smooth getaway and went in to shop, none the worse for the encounter and thinking about how much D.J. looks like her Mama except for that red hair.’
      • ‘The Jones family anguish turned to unbridled joy early last Wednesday morning when Conor arrived home none the worse for his ordeal after spending over a week sleeping rough.’
      • ‘He takes the harder route, and is none the worse for it.’
      • ‘Apart from the long hair and beard, he was none the worse for this prolonged sojourn in the land of dreams.’
      • ‘The three-year-old bay son of Danehill was on the first of the big rigs to be unloaded and appeared none the worse for his international flight into Chicago and his road trip to Arlington in rush-hour traffic.’
      • ‘We have a full health and safety team in the studio and she was given immediate attention, but was none the worse for what happened.’
      • ‘By the time he came back, mugs in hand, I was done, and he was none the worse for not knowing.’
      • ‘Yet here was I, having lost at least a third of my skin, and apparently none the worse for it.’
      • ‘Alan began raising the animal, and it was soon safely back on the surface, seemingly none the worse for its rapid descent of the hole.’
    so much the worse for —
    • Used to suggest that a problem, failure, or other unfortunate event or situation is the fault of the person specified and that the speaker does not feel any great concern about it.

      ‘if his subjects were unwilling to accept the progress he offered, so much the worse for them’
      • ‘If the government cannot punish those they believe deserve punishment within the current bounds, then so much the worse for the government.’
      • ‘The important thought to hold onto here is that ethical claims cannot be empirically verified, but that this is so much the worse for empirical verification.’
      • ‘We even adopted unilateral free trade towards those countries who, so much the worse for them, persisted with their own protectionism.’
      • ‘If they don't know he's sinister, so much the worse for them.’
      • ‘Each must act as he thinks best; and if he is wrong, so much the worse for him.’
      • ‘If some psychological theories (of language, of vision) postulate an unconscious so deeply buried that its mental representations cannot even potentially become conscious, so much the worse for those theories.’
      • ‘So if a way of morally assessing acts is likely to lead to bad decisions, or more generally lead to bad consequences, then, according to a consequentialist point of view, so much the worse for that way of assessing acts.’
      • ‘And if the only argument traditionalists can offer against such a relationship is that longstanding tradition prohibits it, so much the worse for traditionalists.’
      • ‘If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations.’
      • ‘Plato regarded the world of pure mathematical ideas as alone worthy of study; if physical objects did not conform to it, so much the worse for them, because they were defective and imperfect anyway.’
    or worse
    • Used to suggest a possibility that is still more serious or unpleasant than one already considered, but that the speaker does not wish or need to specify.

      ‘the child might be born blind or worse’
      • ‘For those without decent jobs, it seems a huge waste of effort or worse.’
      • ‘I tried to counsel him that he might only get what everyone else gets or worse.’
      • ‘A very narrow margin might in the future give rise to tension, bitterness, or worse.’
      • ‘He might be hauled before the courts and given a telling off, or worse.’
      • ‘Better to tackle it now rather than wait until someone has been injured or worse.’
      • ‘For instance, who is going to challenge them and risk having windows broken - or worse?’
      • ‘All this uneven, hoof-holed ground makes it very easy to twist an ankle, or worse.’
      • ‘Such opportunities are occasionally used as a precursor for stalking or worse.’
      • ‘The next step would be to arm himself with a gun and flaunt it in front of the police, or worse.’
      • ‘Needless to say, it may have led to a number of people being seriously hurt or even worse.’

Origin

Old English wyrsa, wiersa (adjective), wiers (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to war.