Worst a., superl. of Bad. Bad, evil, or pernicious, in the highest degree, whether in a physical or moral sense. See Worse. “Heard so oft in worst extremes.”
I have a wife, the worst that may be. --Chaucer.
If thou hadst not been born the worst of men,
Thou hadst been a knave and flatterer. --Shak.
Worst, n. That which is most bad or evil; the most severe, pernicious, calamitous, or wicked state or degree.
The worst is not
So long as we can say, This is the worst. --Shak.
He is always sure of finding diversion when the worst comes to the worst. --Addison.
Worst, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worsted; p. pr. & vb. n. Worsting.] To gain advantage over, in contest or competition; to get the better of; to defeat; to overthrow; to discomfit.
The . . . Philistines were worsted by the captivated ark. --South.
Worst, v. i. To grow worse; to deteriorate. [R.] “Every face . . . worsting.”
Bad a. [Compar. Worse superl. Worst ] 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. --Pope.
Syn: -- Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect.
adj : (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or
condition; "the worst player on the team"; "the worst
weather of the year" [ant: best]
n 1: the least favorable outcome; "the worst that could happen"
2: the greatest damage or wickedness of which one is capable;
"the invaders did their worst"; "so pure of heart that his
worst is another man's best"
3: the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of;
"it was the worst he had ever done on a test" [ant: best]
adv : to the highest degree of inferiority or badness; "She
suffered worst of all"; "schools were the worst hit by
government spending cuts"; "the worst dressed person
v : defeat thoroughly; "He mopped up the floor with his
opponents" [syn: pip, mop up, whip, rack up]
adj 1: 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:
2: very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big
(or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm" [syn: big]
3: 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]
4: (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad
meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: spoiled,
5: not capable of being collected; "a bad (or uncollectible)
debt" [syn: uncollectible]
6: below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess
player"; "a bad recital"
7: nonstandard; "so-called bad grammar"
8: 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]
9: physically unsound or diseased; "has a bad back"; "a bad
heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"
[syn: unfit, unsound]
10: capable of harming; "bad habits"; "bad air"; "smoking is bad
11: 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]
12: characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad
life" [syn: immoral]
13: reproduced fraudulently; "like a bad penny..."; "a forged
twenty dollar bill" [syn: forged]
14: not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a
defective appliance" [syn: defective]
n : that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or
decency; "take the bad with the good" [syn: badness]
[ant: good, good]
adv 1: 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"
2: 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]
[also: worst, worse]