[ wurst ]
/ wɜrst /
adjective, superl. of bad and ill.
most faulty, unsatisfactory, or objectionable: the worst paper submitted.
most unfavorable or injurious.
in the poorest condition: the worst house on the block.
most unpleasant, unattractive, or disagreeable: the worst personality I've ever known.
most lacking in skill; least skilled: the worst typist in the group.
that which is worst.
in the most evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner.
with the most severity, intensity, etc.; in the greatest degree.
verb (used with object)
to defeat; beat: He worsted him easily.
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Idioms for worst
at worst, if the worst happens; under the worst conditions: He will be expelled from school, at worst.Also at the worst.
get the worst of something, to be defeated by; lose: to get the worst of a fight.
if worst comes to worst, if the very worst happens: If worst comes to worst, we still have some money in reserve.
in the worst way, Informal. in an extreme degree; very much: She wanted a new robe for Christmas in the worst way.Also the worst way.
Origin of worst
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British Dictionary definitions for at the worst
/ (wɜːst) /
the superlative of bad 1
in the most extreme or bad manner or degree
least well, suitably, or acceptably
(in combination) in or to the smallest degree or extent; leastworst-loved
the worst the least good or most inferior person, thing, or part in a group, narrative, etc
(often preceded by at) the most poor, unpleasant, or unskilled quality or conditiontelevision is at its worst these days
the greatest amount of damage or wickedness of which a person or group is capablethe invaders came and did their worst
the weakest effort or poorest achievement that a person or group is capable of makingthe applicant did his worst at the test because he did not want the job
- in the least favourable interpretation or view
- under the least favourable conditions
if the worst comes to the worst if all the more desirable alternatives become impossible or if the worst possible thing happens
come off worst or get the worst of it to enjoy the least benefit from an issue or be defeated in it
(tr) to get the advantage over; defeat or beat
Word Origin for worst
Old English wierrest; related to Old Frisian wersta, Old Saxon, Old High German wirsisto, Old Norse verstr
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Idioms and Phrases with at the worst (1 of 2)
at the worst
see at worst.
Idioms and Phrases with at the worst (2 of 2)
see at worst; get (have) the worst of it; if worst comes to worst; in the worst way. Also see under worse.
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