If it is the people of the village attacked who are worsted, the others do not retire without receiving presents.
He fell to wrestling with the chapmen, and they mostly got worsted at his hands.
Beside Madame de la Chanterie was an ancient table with spindle legs, on which lay her balls of worsted in a wicker basket.
The pirates, however, were worsted and their craft was captured.
worsted cats and dogs come next, in the shape of mats, chair-covers, etc.
The sea may gain the victory in other parts of Holland, but here it will be worsted.
And it came to her suddenly that, if she packed at once, there was just time to catch the 5.55 to worsted Skeynes.
Many and heavy tasks weighed on the Squire at worsted Skeynes.
To be sure, she had been worsted in her encounter by something that conveyed the illusion of superior moral force.
On another occasion, the Dutch were worsted in a war with some of the native tribes.
woolen fabric made from twisted yarn, late 13c., from Worstead (Old English Wurðestede), town in Norfolk where the cloth originally was made.
Old English wyrresta, from Proto-Germanic *wers-ista- (cf. Old Saxon wirsista, Old Norse verstr, Old Frisian wersta, Old High German wirsisto), superlative of PIE *wers- "to confuse, mix up" (see worse). Phrase in the worst way (1839) is from American English sense of "most severely."
"damage, inflict loss upon," c.1600, from worst (adj.). Related: Worsted; worsting.