If it is the people of the village attacked who are worsted, the others do not retire without receiving presents.
But should you deliver battle, you will be worsted—and it will be very ill for you.
Beside Madame de la Chanterie was an ancient table with spindle legs, on which lay her balls of worsted in a wicker basket.
She had not merely been swayed by the wind that worsted him.
worsted cats and dogs come next, in the shape of mats, chair-covers, etc.
Though Lieut. D'Hubert had got worsted this time, his sword play was commended.
And it came to her suddenly that, if she packed at once, there was just time to catch the 5.55 to worsted Skeynes.
worsted stuffs were not fulled, but were woven of hand-combed wool.
To be sure, she had been worsted in her encounter by something that conveyed the illusion of superior moral force.
Brother was so worsted by the frolick yesterday, we did not set off to-day.
woolen fabric made from twisted yarn, late 13c., from Worstead (Old English Wurðestede), town in Norfolk where the cloth originally was made.
Old English wyrresta, from Proto-Germanic *wers-ista- (cf. Old Saxon wirsista, Old Norse verstr, Old Frisian wersta, Old High German wirsisto), superlative of PIE *wers- "to confuse, mix up" (see worse). Phrase in the worst way (1839) is from American English sense of "most severely."
"damage, inflict loss upon," c.1600, from worst (adj.). Related: Worsted; worsting.