Definition of worse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//wɜːs//
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrs//
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  • [uncountable] more problems or bad news I'm afraid there is worse to come.
  • Word OriginOld English wyrsa, wiersa (adjective), wiers (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to war.Idioms
    be none the worse (for something)
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    to not be harmed by something The kids were none the worse for their adventure.
    a change for the better/worse
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    a person, thing, situation, etc. that is better/worse than the previous or present one Voters see the new leader as a change for the better.
    for better or (for) worse
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    used to say that something cannot be changed, whether the result is good or bad
    so much the better/worse
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    used to say that something is even better/worse We don't actually need it on Tuesday, but if it arrives by then, so much the better.
      the worse for wear (informal)
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    1. 1in a poor condition because of being used a lot
    2. 2drunk He arrived home at two in the morning, much the worse for wear.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: worse