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



    BrE BrE//wɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrs//
    (comparative of bad)
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  1. 1  of 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.
  2. 2  worse (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).
  3. 3  [not before noun] more ill/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.
  4. Word OriginOld English wyrsa, wiersa (adjective), wiers (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to war.Extra examples I feel even worse today! Ignoring the problem will make it worse. It’s much worse for the parents than it is for the child. The area seemed almost worse than the city he had left. The news got dramatically worse. The pain grew worse. The problem became progressively worse. The problem is getting worse all the time. Things could be a sight worse than they are. Things were about to get very much worse. We’ve run out of coffee. Worse still, we can’t get any more until tomorrow.Idioms
    somebody’s bark is worse than their bite
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    (informal) used to say that somebody is not really as angry or as aggressive as they sound
    to lose a fight, competition, etc. or suffer more compared with others
    a fate worse than death
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    (often humorous) a terrible thing that could happen At the last minute the hero saves her from a fate worse than death.
    (of a bad condition, situation, etc.) to get even worse (British English, informal) used to show that you are disappointed about something I shall have to miss the party, worse luck!
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