from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Firm-textured, compactly twisted woolen yarn made from long-staple fibers.
  • n. Fabric made from such yarn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of worst.
  • adj. Defeated, overcome.
  • n. Yarn made from long strands of wool.
  • n. The fine, smooth fabric made from such wool yarn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Well-twisted yarn spun of long-staple wool which has been combed to lay the fibers parallel, used for carpets, cloth, hosiery, gloves, and the like.
  • n. Fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of woolen yarn or thread, spun from long-staple wool which has been combed, and in the spinning is twisted harder than is usual. It is knitted or woven into stockings, carpets, etc.
  • n. Woolen yarn for ornamental needlework and knitting.
  • Consisting of worsted; made of worsted yarn: as, worsted stockings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns
  • n. a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool


Middle English, variant of worthstede, after Worthstede (Worstead), a village of eastern England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Worsted (now Worstead), a town in Norfolk, England. (Wiktionary)
Participle adjective of the verb worst. (Wiktionary)



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