- 1(comparative of bad)
- 2of poorer quality or lower standard; less good or more unpleasant The rooms were awful and the food was worse. The weather got worse during the day. I've been to far worse places. worse than something The interview was much worse than he had expected. worse than doing something There's nothing worse than going out in the cold with wet hair.
- 3worse (than something/doing something) more serious or severe They were trying to prevent an even worse tragedy. The crisis was getting worse and worse. Don't tell her that — you'll only make things worse. Never mind — it could be worse (= although the situation is bad, it is not as bad as it might have been).
- 4 [not before noun] more sick or unhappy If he gets any worse we'll call the doctor. He told her she'd let them down and she felt worse than ever. Idioms
adjectivejump to other results
used to say that someone is not really as angry or as aggressive as they sound
somebody's bark is worse than their bite (informal)jump to other results
to lose a fight, competition, etc. or suffer more compared with others
come off worsejump to other results
a terrible thing that could happen At the last minute the hero saves her from a fate worse than death.
a fate worse than death (often humorous)jump to other results
(of a bad condition, situation, etc.) to get even worse
go from bad to worsejump to other results