from The Century Dictionary.

  • A dialectal (Scotch) form of worst.


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  • May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.

    Reflections on the Comment is free year | Natalie Hanman

  • Nachträglich erschrak ich, lief wieder zurück und sagte dem Wächter: "Ich bin hier durchgelaufen, während du abgewendet warst."

    Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites

  • “Ou, the best and the warst is, just that the tower is standing hail and feir, as safe and as empty as when ye left it.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • “Hout, neighbour,” said Mrs. Howden, “we suld live and let live — we hae been young oursells, and we are no aye to judge the warst when lads and lasses forgather.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • But now we haena sic spirit amang us; we think mair about the warst wallydraigle in our ain byre, than about the blessing which the angel of the covenant gave to the Patriarch even at Peniel and Mahanaim, or the binding obligation of our national vows; and we wad rather gie a pund Scots to buy an unguent to clear out auld rannell-trees and our beds o’ the English bugs as they ca’ them, than we wad gie a plack to rid the land of the swarm of Arminian caterpillars, Socinian pismires, and deistical Miss Katies, that have ascended out of the bottomless pit, to plague this perverse, insidious, and lukewarm generation.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Witzig, daß Du auch bei einer Hochzeit warst! das Minialbum sieht klasse aus!


  • The warst they can say of him is, that he is not always so amenable to good advice as I would pray him, you, and every young man to be.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • That's juist aye the wey o 'thae men when they get the warst o't.

    My Man Sandy

  • They cudna bide i 'the hoose ony langer, an' i 'the warst o't a', they cam 'awa through a shoer o' sklates, an 'bricks, an' lum-cans, an 'gless, to see if we wud lat them in.

    My Man Sandy

  • Hey for the mill, &c. But the warst thing I did in my life,

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century


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