worser vs worse : Common Errors in English

worser or worse

If you look “worser” up in a dictionary, you’re likely to find it labeled “achaic,” which means that although Shakespeare and many other writers once used it, the word is no longer a part of standard English. Just use “worse” instead: “It just keeps getting worse and worse.”
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  • n  something inferior in quality or condition or effect
    for better or for worse
    accused of cheating and lying and worse
  • a  (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
    this road is worse than the first one we took
    the road is in worse shape than it was
    she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying
  • a  changed for the worse in health or fitness
    I feel worse today
    her cold is worse
  • a  having undesirable or negative qualities
  • s  very intense
  • s  feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
  • s  (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
  • a  feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
  • s  not capable of being collected
  • s  below average in quality or performance
  • s  nonstandard
  • s  not financially safe or secure
  • s  physically unsound or diseased
  • s  capable of harming
  • s  characterized by wickedness or immorality
  • s  reproduced fraudulently
  • s  not working properly
  • r  (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner
    he did worse on the second exam
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