- comparative form of bad
- Your exam results are worse than before.
- The harder you try, the worse you do.
- comparative form of ill
- She was very ill last week but this week she’s worse.
- French: pire, plus mauvais
- German: schlechter, schlimmer, ärger
- Italian: peggiore
- Portuguese: pior
- Russian: ху́же
- Spanish: peor
- comparative form of badly
- He drives worse than anyone I know.
- comparative form of ill.
- He's worse-mannered than she is.
- Less skillfully.
- More severely or seriously.
- (sentence adverb) Used to start a sentence describing something that is worse.
- Her leg is infected. Still worse, she's developing a fever.
worse (worses, present participle worsing; past and past participle worsed)
- (obsolete, transitive) To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Weapons more violent, when next we meet, / May serve to better us and worse our foes.
- (obsolete) Loss; disadvantage; defeat.
- That which is worse; something less good.
- Do not think the worse of him for his enterprise.