worsted

[woos-tid, wur-stid]
noun
1.
firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Compare woolen.
2.
wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.
adjective
3.
consisting or made of worsted.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English worsted(e), special use of Worstede Worstead (Old English Wurthestede), name of parish in Norfolk, England, where the cloth was made

half-worsted, adjective
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worst

[wurst]
adjective superl. of bad and ill.
1.
bad or ill in the highest, greatest, or most extreme degree: the worst person.
2.
most faulty, unsatisfactory, or objectionable: the worst paper submitted.
3.
most unfavorable or injurious.
4.
in the poorest condition: the worst house on the block.
5.
most unpleasant, unattractive, or disagreeable: the worst personality I've ever known.
6.
most lacking in skill; least skilled: the worst typist in the group.
noun
7.
that which is worst.
adverb
8.
in the most evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner.
9.
with the most severity, intensity, etc.; in the greatest degree.
verb (used with object)
10.
to defeat; beat: He worsted him easily.
Idioms
11.
at worst, if the worst happens; under the worst conditions: He will be expelled from school, at worst. Also, at the worst.
12.
get the worst of something, to be defeated by; lose: to get the worst of a fight.
13.
if worst comes to worst, if the very worst happens: If worst comes to worst, we still have some money in reserve.
14.
in the worst way, Informal. in an extreme degree; very much: She wanted a new robe for Christmas in the worst way. Also, the worst way.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English worste (adj., adv., and noun), Old English wur(re)sta, wyr(re)st, wer(re)sta (adj. and adv.); cognate with Old Norse verstr; see worse, -est1

worst, wurst.
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worst (wɜːst)
 
adj
1.  the superlative of bad
 
adv
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
 
n
5.  the worst the least good or most inferior person, thing, or part in a group, narrative, etc
6.  (often preceded by at) the most poor, unpleasant, or unskilled quality or condition: television is at its worst these days
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
9.  the worst
 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
 
vb
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]

worsted (ˈwʊstɪd)
 
n
1.  a closely twisted yarn or thread made from combed long-staple wool
2.  a fabric made from this, with a hard smooth close-textured surface and no nap
3.  (modifier) made of this yarn or fabric: a worsted suit
 
[C13: named after Worstead, a district in Norfolk]

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Word Origin & History

worst
O.E. wyrresta, from P.Gmc. *wers-ista- (cf. O.S. wirsista, O.N. verstr, O.Fris. wersta, O.H.G. wirsisto), superlative of PIE *wers- "to confuse, mix up" (see worse). The verb meaning "damage, inflict loss upon" is first recorded c.1600, from the adj. Phrase in the worst way
(1839) is from Amer.Eng. sense of "most severely."

worsted
woolen fabric made from twisted yarn, 1296, from Worstead (O.E. Wurðestede), town in Norfolk where the cloth originally was made.
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Example sentences
Everyone looked the same and dressed in the same materials: worsted, flannel,
  or corduroy.
Woollen yarn and worsted are prohibited to be exported under the same penalties
  as wool.
The enemy was worsted in successive conflicts, and at last shut himself up in
  his principal city.
There was a choice of trousers or riding breeches, both of wool worsted.
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