worst: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (wûrst), [key]
— adj., superlative of
  1. bad or ill in the highest, greatest, or most extreme degree: the worst person.
  2. most faulty, unsatisfactory, or objectionable: the worst paper submitted.
  3. most unfavorable or injurious.
  4. in the poorest condition: the worst house on the block.
  5. most unpleasant, unattractive, or disagreeable: the worst personality I've ever known.
  6. most lacking in skill; least skilled: the worst typist in the group.
  7. in an extreme degree; very much: She wanted a new robe for Christmas in the worst way.
  1. that which is worst.
  2. if the worst happens; under the worst conditions: He will be expelled from school, at worst.
  3. to be defeated by; lose: to get the worst of a fight.
  4. if the very worst happens: If worst comes to worst, we still have some money in reserve.
  1. in the most evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner.
  2. with the most severity, intensity, etc.; in the greatest degree.
  1. to defeat; beat: He worsted him easily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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