Origin of worsted
adjective, superl. of bad and ill.
verb (used with object)
Origin of worst
Related Words for worstedoverwhelmed, humbled, routed, affected, moved, devastated, fleece, fur, yarn, hair, cashmere, mohair, tweed, crush, overwhelm, win, reduce, overpower, weather, conquer
Examples from the Web for worsted
Historical Examples of worsted
None—wait; there was a rose pricked out in worsted on one corner.The Shadow of a Crime
But should you deliver battle, you will be worsted—and it will be very ill for you.St. Martin's Summer
And as Cyrus sprang on the horse he saw the Egyptians worsted everywhere.Cyropaedia
At first our troopers were worsted and driven back a short distance.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
She had not merely been swayed by the wind that worsted him.The Prisoner
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.