Crossword clues for worse
- Something inferior in quality or condition or effect
- Not as good
- Deserving fewer stars (than)
- In a poorer state
- More unfavorable
- Less desirable
- Better's antithesis
- Better's opposite
- For better or for ____
- An anagram for sower
- Opposite of better
- From bad to ___
- Wedding-vow word
- "No ___ for the wear"
- Less acceptable
- More unpleasant
- More inferior
- Not so good
- What things could always be
- On the decline
- Medical pronouncement
- Declining in health
- Unfavorable prognosis
- "Which is ___ ...?"
- Poor prognosis
- "And if that weren't bad enough ..."
- On the downslide
- "It's ___ than that!"
- No ___ for wear
- Less favorable
- In decline
- Having gone south
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Worse \Worse\, n.
Loss; disadvantage; defeat. ``Judah was put to the worse before Israel.''
--Kings xiv. 1
2. That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise.
Worse \Worse\, a., compar. of Bad. [OE. werse, worse, wurse, AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro, Icel. verri, Sw. v["a]rre, Dan. v["a]rre, Goth. wa['i]rsiza, and probably to OHG. werran to bring into confusion, E. war, and L. verrere to sweep, sweep along. As bad has no comparative and superlative, worse and worst are used in lieu of them, although etymologically they have no relation to bad.] 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.
Or worse, if men worse can devise.
[She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.
--Mark v. 26.
Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse.
--2 Tim. iii. 13.
There are men who seem to believe they are not bad
while another can be found worse.
``But I love him.'' ``Love him? Worse and worse.''
Worse \Worse\, adv. [AS. wiers, wyrs; akin to OS. & OHG. wirs, Icel. verr, Goth, wa['i]rs; a comparative adverb with no corresponding positive. See Worse, a.] In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad.
Now will we deal worse with thee than with them.
--Gen. xix. 9.
Worse \Worse\, v. t. [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.] To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v.
Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
May serve to better us and worse our foes.
Bad \Bad\ (b[a^]d), a. [Compar. Worse (w[^u]s); superl. Worst (w[^u]st).] [Probably fr. AS. b[ae]ddel hermaphrodite; cf. b[ae]dling effeminate fellow.] Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news.
Note: Sometimes used substantively.
The strong antipathy of good to bad.
Syn: Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect. [1913 Webster] ||
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English wiersa, wyrsa "worse," from Proto-Germanic *wers-izon- (cognates: Old Saxon wirs, Old Norse verri, Swedish värre, Old Frisian wirra, Old High German wirsiro, Gothic wairsiza "worse"), comparative of PIE *wers- (1) "to confuse, mix up" (cognates: Old High German werra "strife," Old Saxon werran "to entangle, compound;" see war (n.)). Used as a comparative of bad, evil, ill or as the opposite of better. The adverb is Old English wyrs; the noun is Old English wyrsa. Phrase for better or for worse is attested from late 14c. (for bet, for wers); to change for the worse is recorded from c.1400.
1 (en-comparativebad) 2 More ill. adv. (en-comparative of badly pos=adverb) n. 1 (context obsolete English) Loss; disadvantage; defeat. 2 That which is worse; something less good. v
(context obsolete transitive English) To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
adv. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner; "he did worse on the second exam"
adj. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability; "this road is worse than the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying" [ant: better]
n. something inferior in quality or condition or effect; "for better or for worse"; "accused of cheating and lying and worse"
adv. with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad" [syn: badly]
very much; strongly; "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it" [syn: badly]
adj. having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice" [ant: good]
very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm" [syn: big]
feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night" [syn: tough]
not capable of being collected; "a bad (or uncollectible) debt" [syn: uncollectible]
below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"
nonstandard; "so-called bad grammar"
not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises" [syn: insecure, risky, high-risk, speculative]
capable of harming; "bad habits"; "bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"
keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly"; "felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: sorry]
characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad life" [syn: immoral]
reproduced fraudulently; "like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill" [syn: forged]
not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance" [syn: defective]
Usage examples of "worse".
And before she is halfway through the scale, she decides: the accompanist is worse.
Worse, traditional accounting provided benefits to companies that sold winning positions while holding on to losers.
With her first coherent thought, finding herself blanketed by tons of stony carbon, Maia realized that there were indeed worse things than acrophobia or seasickness.
The next May, this terrible affliction together with hard work completely broke me down and although I was doctoring all the time I kept steadily growing worse.
And if she, the Archangel Alleluia, did not sing a mass with the son of Jeremiah at her side, the same thing could happen again this spring--the same thing or worse.
And things could only get worse during an ambulance ride, especially if that ambulance had to travel three miles to get to the nearest C-section room.
Blood on the carpet, blood on the armchairs and antimacassars, even a little blood spurtled on to the wall, and what was worse, Mrs.
Clearly it was wisest to creep east to the plaza of twin lions and descend at once to the gulf, where assuredly he would meet no horrors worse than those above, and where he might soon find ghouls eager to rescue their brethren and perhaps to wipe out the moonbeasts from the black galley.
The situation could get worse as automation continues to take over more and more of our manufacturing industries.
But if the insanity were temporary, or if Ballenger could recover sufficiently to conceal it from the judge, then Watson himself might be in an unfortunate and vulnerable legal position: a suit for false arrest, or worse.
There was no doubt at all that for Hosteen Barbone and Gracie Cayodito and, much worse, Frank Sam Nakai, his own Little Father, mere absence of proof was not good enough.
Get you high on some mean shit they call basuco, made from coke but takes hold of you worse.
But Roger and the young men of his age think that nothing has happened, that we are not much worse off than we were, that there is no need for us to bestir ourselves.
He was still furious with Blaise for not revealing her identity, and intellectually he knew as long as she was a cadet, she was worse than poison.
Warmth and rest were inside the hotel, but the blizzard was growing worse and they must all reach home.