worsted

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worsted yarn.

Etymology 1[edit]

Named after Worsted (now Worstead), a town in Norfolk, England.

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  • (UK) enPR: wo͝osʹtĭd, IPA(key): /ˈwʊs.tɪd/
  • (US): enPR: wo͝osʹtĭd, wûrstʹĭd, IPA(key): /ˈwʊs.tɪd/, /ˈwɝ.stɪd/
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Noun[edit]

worsted (countable and uncountable, plural worsteds)

  1. Yarn made from long strands of wool.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 57
      "Yes, young people are usually blind to everything but their own wishes, and seldom imagine how much those wishes cost others," said Mrs. Garth She did not mean to go beyond this salutary general doctrine, and threw her indignation into a needless unwinding of her worsted, knitting her brow at it with a grand air.
  2. The fine, smooth fabric made from such wool yarn.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness.
      He had tied a bit of white worsted round his neck -- Why? Where did he get it? Was it a badge -- an ornament -- a charm -- a propitiatory act? Was there any idea at all connected with it?
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Etymology 2[edit]

Participle adjective of the verb worst.

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Verb[edit]

worsted

  1. simple past tense and past participle of worst

Adjective[edit]

worsted (comparative more worsted, superlative most worsted)

  1. Defeated, overcome.
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.
      Jo carried her love of liberty and hate of conventionalities to such an unlimited extent that she naturally found herself worsted in an argument.
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