Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Firm-textured, compactly twisted woolen yarn made from long-staple fibers.
  • noun Fabric made from such yarn.
  • noun Natural or synthetic yarn of a medium weight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Woolen yarn for ornamental needlework and knitting.
  • Consisting of worsted; made of worsted yarn: as, worsted stockings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, variant of worthstede, after Worthstede, (Worstead), a village of eastern England.]

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Participle adjective of the verb worst.

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Named after Worsted (now Worstead), a town in Norfolk, England.

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