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worse

[wurs] /wɜrs/
adjective, compar. of bad and ill
1.
bad or ill in a greater or higher degree; inferior in excellence, quality, or character.
2.
more unfavorable or injurious.
3.
in less good condition; in poorer health.
noun
4.
that which is worse.
adverb
5.
in a more evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner.
6.
with more severity, intensity, etc.; in a greater degree.
Origin of worse
900
before 900; Middle English (adj., adv., and noun); Old English wiersa (comparative adj.), wiers (adv.); cognate with Old Norse verri, Gothic wairsiza; see war2
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Historical Examples
  • The young and old worses had no common interests, and seldom saw one another.

    Skipper Worse Alexander Lange Kielland
  • Them as goes away to better themselves, often worses themselves, as I call it.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for worses

worse

/wɜːs/
adjective
1.
the comparative of bad1
2.
none the worse for, not harmed by (adverse events or circumstances)
3.
the worse for wear
  1. shabby or worn
  2. a slang term for drunk
4.
(informal) worse luck!, unhappily; unfortunately
5.
(postpositive) worse off, in a worse, esp a worse financial, condition
noun
6.
something that is worse
7.
for the worse, into a less desirable or inferior state or condition: a change for the worse
8.
go from bad to worse, to deteriorate even more
adverb
9.
in a more severe or unpleasant manner
10.
in a less effective or successful manner
Word Origin
Old English wiersa; related to Old Frisian werra, Old High German wirsiro, Old Norse verri, Gothic wairsiza
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Word Origin and History for worses

worse

adj.

Old English wiersa, wyrsa, from Proto-Germanic *wers-izon- (cf. Old Saxon wirs, Old Norse verri, Swedish värre, Old Frisian wirra, Old High German wirsiro, Gothic wairsiza "worse"), comparative of PIE *wers- "to confuse, mix up" (cf. Old High German werra "strife," Old Saxon werran "to entangle, compound;" see war). Used as a comparative of bad, evil, ill or as the opposite of better. Phrase for better or for worse is attested from late 14c. (for bet, for wers); to change for the worse is recorded from c.1400.

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