adjective, superl. of bad and ill.
verb (used with object)
Words nearby worst
Idioms for worst
Origin of worst
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH worstworst wurst
Definition for worst (2 of 4)
adjective, worse, worst; ill·er, ill·est for 7.
Origin of ill
SYNONYMS FOR ill
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH illill sick1 (see synonym study at the current entry)
synonym study for ill
grammar notes for ill
Definition for worst (3 of 4)
adjective, worse, worst; (Slang) bad·der, bad·dest for 36.
- vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous: bad language.
- not properly observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.; incorrect: He speaks bad English.
Origin of bad1
OTHER WORDS FROM badbad·ness, noun
synonym study for bad
usage note for bad
When the adverbial use is required, badly is standard with all verbs: She reacted badly to the criticism. Bad as an adverb appears mainly in informal contexts: I didn't do too bad on the tests. He wants money so bad it hurts. See also badly, good.
Definition for worst (4 of 4)
adverb, worse, worst.
Origin of badly
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH badlybad badly (see usage note at bad1) (see usage note at the current entry)
usage note for badly
Examples from the Web for worst
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.
Happily the subject is usually picturesque, and old Holinshed at his worst was no contemptible writer.The Battaile of Agincourt|Michael Drayton
More is often done for the worst cause than men are willing to do or to sacrifice for the best.Public School Education|Michael Mller
It was packed with all the worst cases—dying and bleeding and groaning.
At the worst, a halt at some house would serve to break the monotony of the hike.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
The worst enemy of M. le Duc d'Orleans could not have devised a more rash and ridiculous undertaking.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
British Dictionary definitions for worst (1 of 5)
- in the least favourable interpretation or view
- under the least favourable conditions
Word Origin for worst
British Dictionary definitions for worst (2 of 5)
adverb worse or worst
British Dictionary definitions for worst (3 of 5)
adjective worse or worst
Word Origin for ill
British Dictionary definitions for worst (4 of 5)
adjective worse or worst
- seriously ill, through sickness or injury
- in trouble of any kind
Derived forms of badbaddish, adjectivebadness, noun
Word Origin for bad
British Dictionary definitions for worst (5 of 5)
Medical definitions for worst
Idioms and Phrases with worst (1 of 3)
see at worst; get (have) the worst of it; if worst comes to worst; in the worst way. Also see under worse.
Idioms and Phrases with worst (2 of 3)
In addition to the idioms beginning with bad
- bad blood
- bad egg
- bad hair day
- bad luck
- badly off
- bad mouth
- bad name
- bad news
- bad off
- bad sort, a
- bad taste
- bad time
- bad trip
- come to an end (bad end)
- feel bad
- from bad to worse
- get off on the wrong foot (to a bad start)
- give a bad name
- give bad marks to
- go bad
- in a bad mood
- in a bad way
- in bad faith
- in bad with someone
- in someone's bad graces
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- make the best of (a bad bargain)
- not a bad sort
- not bad
- poor (bad) taste
- run of (bad) luck
- too bad
- turn up (like a bad penny)
- with bad grace
Idioms and Phrases with worst (3 of 3)
In addition to the idioms beginning with ill
- ill at ease
- ill wind that blows no one any good, it's an
, also see under
- get sick