adjective, superlative of bad and ill, withworse as comparative.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH worstworst , wurst
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What is a basic definition of worst?
Worst describes something as being bad in the highest degree possible. Worst is also used to mean a thing that is the baddest possible and to mean something done in the baddest manner possible. Worst has several other senses as an adjective, adverb, noun, and verb.
Worst is a superlative of the word bad. Simply put, worst describes something as being the baddest out of a group, category, list, and the like. This can mean something is most evil, is least skilled, is most unsatisfactory, is of the poorest quality, or is most unpleasant. What someone thinks of as the worst something depends on what they’re judging that thing on. As with bad, worst is often a person’s opinion.
- Real-life examples: Everybody has a movie that they think is the worst (poorest quality or most unpleasant to watch) movie ever made. The worst student in a class could be the one who scores the lowest on tests or the one who misbehaves the most. A runner who records the worst time in a race is the one who ran the slowest. The worst person you know might be the one with the most unpleasant personality or who treats you the most poorly.
- Used in a sentence: Jessica got a 50 on the test, making her grade the worst in the class.
In this same sense, worst as a noun means something is the baddest out of a group. This sense is almost always phrased as “the worst.”
- Real-life examples: A person who is the least skilled at painting among a group of painters is the worst. A pie that is the least pleasant to eat out of a group of pies is the worst.
- Used in a sentence: I have played a lot of bad video games, but that one is the worst of them all.
As an adverb, worst is the superlative of the word badly and describes something as being done in as bad a manner as possible.
- Used in a sentence: We didn’t get any runners on base, making today’s baseball game the worst one this year.
Where does worst come from?
The first records of the term worst come from before 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English wierrest. It is related to similar words from other languages, such as the Old Frisian wersta and the Old Norse verstr.
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How is worst used in real life?
Worst is a very common word that describes something as being so bad that you can’t think of anything that is worse.
— Ben Fogle (@Benfogle) August 28, 2018
The 2 thoughts every author has while writing a book:
1. This is the best book ever written.
2. This is the worst book ever written.
— Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) March 28, 2016
Mascara is truly the worst of all the makeup
— Danielle Sepulvalentine (@ellesep) August 20, 2020
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Is worst used correctly in the following sentence?
I am the worst driver in my family and have gotten more driving tickets than anyone else.
Example sentences from the Web for worst
Girdusky, who has also worked as a political consultant for about 15 years, told The Washington Post that Weaver’s past was like a “worst-kept secret” and that several men reached out to him after Weaver followed him on Twitter last May.
Here’s a look at the best- and worst-performing asset classes for 2020, and what that that performance might bode for the year to come.From Bitcoin to Asian tech stocks, these are the biggest winners and losers of the 2020 global markets|Bernhard Warner|January 1, 2021|Fortune
Even data from the worst-behaving police departments is still being used to inform predictive policing tools.
Its kick-off could still get pushed back, as Japan grapples with a fresh outbreak and Osaka, where the park is located, becomes one of the nation’s worst-affected cities.Universal Studios’ long-awaited Super Nintendo World finally gets an opening date|Claire Zillman, reporter|November 30, 2020|Fortune
To do otherwise is at best dishonest and, at worst, significantly damaging to the country.If there is any real evidence of fraud, Mr. President, it’s time to put up|Philip Bump|November 28, 2020|Washington Post
But there is an underlying feeling that the worst is yet to come.
If there are 162 confirmed deaths from Flight 8501, this would make 2014 the worst year for accident deaths since 2005.
And his worst work is better than the stuff everyone else is doing.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was neither the best nor worst pickup line I encountered that evening.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although I was not free of eating disorder thoughts, I figured the worst of it was behind me.
Urbanity ushers in water that needs no apology, and gives a zest to the worst vintage.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Many of us had been hit by the balls, but a bruise or a graze of the skin was the worst consequence that had ensued.
Worst danger zone, the open sea, now traversed, but on land not yet out of the wood.
The worst loss is that of Winston's ear; high principles won't obtain high explosives.
Conditions in the new country had gone from bad to worse, and if the season should experience another drought, the worst was come.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for worst
- in the least favourable interpretation or view
- under the least favourable conditions
Word Origin for worst
Idioms and Phrases with worst
see at worst; get (have) the worst of it; if worst comes to worst; in the worst way. Also see under worse.