Pronunciation: (wûrst),[key] —adj.,superlative ofbad 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. 7. 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.
—n. 1. that which is worst.
2. at worst, if the worst happens; under the worst conditions: He will be expelled from school, at worst.Also,at the worst. 3. get the worst of something, to be defeated by; lose: to get the worst of a fight. 4. if worst comes to worst, if the very worst happens: If worst comes to worst, we still have some money in reserve.
—adv. 1. in the most evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner.
2. with the most severity, intensity, etc.; in the greatest degree.