from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Most inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect.
- adj. Most severe or unfavorable.
- adj. Being furthest from an ideal or a standard; least desirable or satisfactory.
- adv. In the worst manner or degree.
- transitive v. To gain the advantage over; defeat.
- n. Something that is worst.
- idiom at (the) worst Under the most negative circumstances, estimation, or interpretation: At worst, the storm will make us postpone the trip.
- idiom get To suffer a defeat or disadvantage.
- idiom if (the) worst comes to (the) worst If the very worst thing happens.
- idiom in the worst way Informal Very much; a great deal: wanted to be elected in the worst way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. superlative form of bad: most bad.
- adv. In the worst way: most badly, most ill.
- v. To make worse.
- v. To grow worse; to deteriorate.
- v. To outdo or defeat, especially in battle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Bad, evil, or pernicious, in the highest degree, whether in a physical or moral sense. See worse.
- n. That which is most bad or evil; the most severe, pernicious, calamitous, or wicked state or degree.
- transitive v. To gain advantage over, in contest or competition; to get the better of; to defeat; to overthrow; to discomfit.
- intransitive v. To grow worse; to deteriorate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The superlative of bad, evil, or ill; bad in the highest degree, whether morally, physically, financially, or otherwise: as, the worst sinner; the worst disease; the worst evil that can befall a state or an individual.
- n. That which is most evil or bad; the most bad, severe, aggravated, or calamitous thing, part, time, or state: usually with the: as, in the worst of the storm; to get the worst of a contest; to see a thing at its worst; to do one's worst.
- n. in the most evil, severe, or undesirable state; at the greatest disadvantage.
- In a manner or to a degree the extreme of bad or evil; most or least (according to the sense of the verb).
- To get the advantage over in a contest; defeat; overthrow.
- Synonyms To beat, discomfit, foil, overcome.
- To grow worse; deteriorate; worsen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
- n. the least favorable outcome
- adv. to the highest degree of inferiority or badness
- n. the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of
- n. the greatest damage or wickedness of which one is capable
- v. defeat thoroughly
I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released -- emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were \ "the worst of the worst\" -- and will soon be reporting the stories of the six Yemenis transferred to the custody of the Yemeni government.
The airline that MSNBC declared the \ "worst of the worst\" in June 2008 is striving mightily to maintain that status in 2009.
When this alteration first came into my mind, I supposed Helen to mean thus, _First, _ I venture what is dearest to me, my maiden reputation; but if your distrust _extends_ my character _to the worst of_ the _worst, and supposes me _seared_ against the sense of infamy, I will add to the stake of reputation, the stake of life.
II. iii.60 (296,1) [And would by combat make her good, so were I A man, the worst about you] The _worst_ means only the _lowest_.
Sear'd; otherwise_ the worst to _worst extended; _
Sear'd; otherwise_ the worst of _worst extended. _ etc.
" "But worst of all, _worst of all_, that woman is safe!"
MOOS: All that gay dancing earned this Missouri congressional ad the title worst campaign ad of the year from the liberal new republic.
MOOS: All that gay dancing earned this Missouri congressional ad the title worst campaign ad of the year, from the liberal, "New Republic."
One of the worst is the Xenadrine truck that goes rolling by in T3.