Definition of “worst” - English Dictionary

“worst” in British English

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uk /wɜːst/ us /wɝːst/

A2 superlative of bad adjective : of the lowest quality, or the most unpleasant, difficult, or severe:

That was the worst meal I've ever eaten.
"It was the worst moment of my life," she admitted.
He is my worst enemy.

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  • The newspaper commissioned a series of articles on the worst excesses of the fashion industry.
  • He's his own worst critic .
  • This is one of the worst natural disasters ever to befall the area.
  • The government's economic policies have led us into the worst recession for years.
  • I'm not exaggerating - it was the worst meal I've ever eaten in my life.

worstnoun [ S ]

uk /wɜːst/ us /wɝːst/

B1 the most unpleasant or difficult thing, person, or situation:

That was the worst I've seen him play in several years.

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  • This essay's the worst you've ever done. I think you should do it over.
  • The worst of her criticism was reserved for journalists, photographers and others of their ilk.
  • The Northern Line is the worst on the London Underground.
  • The bomb, which killed 15 people, was the worst of a series of terrorist outrages.
  • He's not fully recovered, but he's over the worst .


uk /wɜːst/ us /wɝːst/

B2 the most badly:

Small businesses have been worst hit by the recession.
Roads in rural areas were worst affected by the snow.
The students voted him the school's worst-dressed teacher.
worst of all

B2 used to emphasize what is worst about a situation:

We had no food or light, but worst of all, we had no water.

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  • The United Nations is sending humanitarian aid to the areas worst affected by the conflict.
  • Doctors tried to attend to the worst injured soldiers first.
  • A straw poll of local inhabitants concluded that British tourists were the worst dressed and Italians the most stylish.
  • The worst affected areas are without power.

worstverb [ T ]

uk /wɜːst/ us /wɝːst/ old-fashioned

(Definition of “worst” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“worst” in American English

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worstadjective, adverb

us /wɜrst/

of the lowest quality, or the most unpleasant, difficult, or severe; superlative ofbad and badly:

That was the worst meal I’ve ever eaten.
noun [ U ] us /wɜrst/

None of my brothers were very good in sports, but I was easily the worst.


(Definition of “worst” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)