|1.||the superlative of bad|
|2.||in the most extreme or bad manner or degree|
|3.||least well, suitably, or acceptably|
|4.||(in combination) in or to the smallest degree or extent; least: worst-loved|
|5.||the worst the least good or most inferior person, thing, or part in a group, narrative, etc|
|7.||the greatest amount of damage or wickedness of which a person or group is capable: the invaders came and did their worst|
|8.||the weakest effort or poorest achievement that a person or group is capable of making: the applicant did his worst at the test because he did not want the job|
|a. in the least favourable interpretation or view|
|b. under the least favourable conditions|
|10.||if the worst comes to the worst if all the more desirable alternatives become impossible or if the worst possible thing happens|
|11.||come off worst, get the worst of it to enjoy the least benefit from an issue or be defeated in it|
|12.||(tr) to get the advantage over; defeat or beat|
|[Old English wierrest; related to Old Frisian wersta, Old Saxon, Old High German wirsisto, Old Norse verstr]|
adj. worse (wûrs), worst (wûrst)
Not healthy; sick.
Not normal, as a condition; unsound.
Also, at the worst.
In the least favorable circumstance; under the most difficult conditions. For example, Convicted of taking a bribe, the official believed that at worst he would be sentenced to a few months in prison. [1500s]
In the least favorable view or supposition, as in No harm done; at the worst I'll copy the tax return again. Chaucer used this sense in Troilus and Cressida: "For at the worst, it may yet short our way." [Late 1300s] For the antonym, see at best.