- worst case,
- worth one's salt,
- worth one's weight in gold,
- worth one's while
Origin of worsted
adjective, superl. of bad and ill.
verb (used with object)
Origin of worst
Examples from the Web for worsted
A protest made by the latter led to a war between the two states in which Athens was worsted.Authors of Greece|T. W. Lumb
His teacher was sitting with her back to the door, arranging the worsted in the large, linen worsted-case.The Grasshopper Stories|Elizabeth Davis Leavitt
Thus the best workers were driven out of England, and a stimulus was given to the Dutch worsted manufacture.A Comprehensive History of Norwich|A. D. Bayne
A succession of crescendo taps at her door was at length rewarded by a drowsy-eyed apparition in bath-robe and worsted slippers.Beatrice Leigh at College|Julia Augusta Schwartz
Thread a large tape needle with two pieces of worsted, as long as the two can be conveniently managed.Hand-Loom Weaving|Mattie Phipps Todd
Word Origin for worsted
- in the least favourable interpretation or view
- under the least favourable conditions
Word Origin for worst
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.
see at worst; get (have) the worst of it; if worst comes to worst; in the worst way. Also see under worse.