worser

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

worse +‎ -er

Adjective[edit]

worser

  1. (nonstandard) worse.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (First Folio)
      That were my state farre worser then it is,
      I would not wed her for a mine of Gold
    • 1674, Divers Rural and Oeconomical Inquiries, recommended to Observation and Tryal, in Philosophical Transactions, vol. 9
      Whether Flower, kneaded and baked as soon as it comes from the Mill, whilst ’tis yet warm, yields blacker and worser Bread?
    • 2002, Ron Lovell, Murder at Yaquina Head
      Momma says that’s an even worser word to say.

Adverb[edit]

worser

  1. (nonstandard) worse.

Usage notes[edit]

While common in the 16th and 17th centuries, worser is now found only in some regional dialects, and is considered nonstandard.

References[edit]

  • The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition.

Anagrams[edit]