from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. More inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect.
- adj. More severe or unfavorable.
- adj. Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory.
- adj. Being in poorer health; more ill.
- n. Something that is worse: Of the two routes, the eastern one is the worse. She was accused of cheating on exams, lying, and worse.
- adv. In a worse manner; to a worse degree.
- idiom for better or (for) worse Whether the situation or consequences be good or ill: For better or worse, he trusts everyone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. comparative form of bad: more bad
- adj. this sense?) More ill.
- adj. this sense?) Of lower quality, less desirable.
- adj. this sense?) More severe or serious.
- adj. this sense?) More evil.
- adv. comparative form of badly: more badly
- adv. comparative form of ill: more ill
- adv. Less skillfully.
- adv. More severely or seriously.
- adv. Used to start a sentence.
- v. To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Bad, ill, evil, or corrupt, in a greater degree; more bad or evil; less good; specifically, in poorer health; more sick; -- used both in a physical and moral sense.
- n. Loss; disadvantage; defeat.
- n. That which is worse; something less good.
- adv. In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad.
- transitive v. To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See worst, v.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The comparative of bad, evil, ill; more bad, evil, ill, unfortunate, or undesirable; less valuable or perfect; more unfavorable or unsuccessful; less well in health, or less well off in worldly circumstances. See bad, evil, and ill.
- Sometimes used substantively in the sense of something less good, desirable, fortunate, favorable, etc.
- In logic, having, as a proposition, a character which, if belonging to one of two or more premises, must also belong to the conclusion.
- In a more evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner; in a way that is less good, desirable, or favorable.
- In a less or lower degree; less.
- Less favorably or agreeably.
- With more severity, intensity, etc.; in a greater degree.
- To become worse.
- To worst; put to disadvantage; discomfit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something inferior in quality or condition or effect
- adj. changed for the worse in health or fitness
- adv. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner
- adj. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
Middle English, from Old English wyrsa; see wers- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wyrsa (Wiktionary)