EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, compar. of bad and ill. bad or ill in a greater or higher degree; inferior in excellence, quality, or character. more unfavorable or injurious. in less good condition; in poorer health. adverb in a more evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner. with more severity, intensity, etc.; in a greater degree. Origin of worse before 900; Middle English
(adj., adv., and noun);
Old English wiersa
(adv.); cognate with
Old Norse verri, Gothic wairsiza;
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Examples from the Web for worses Historical Examples of worses
The young and old
Worses had no common interests, and seldom saw one another.
Them as goes away to better themselves, often
worses themselves, as I call it. British Dictionary definitions for worses adjective none the worse for not harmed by (adverse events or circumstances) the worse for wear shabby or worn a slang term for drunk worse luck! informal unhappily; unfortunately worse off (postpositive) in a worse, esp a worse financial, condition noun something that is worse for the worse into a less desirable or inferior state or condition a change for the worse go from bad to worse to deteriorate even more adverb in a more severe or unpleasant manner in a less effective or successful manner Word Origin for worse
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 adj.
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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Idioms and Phrases with worses
In addition to the idiom beginning with
all the (worse) bark is worse than one's bite fate worse than death for better or for worse from bad to worse if worst comes to worst none the worse take a turn for the better (worse)
Also see underworst.
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