Worst vs Bitter - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between worst and bitter
is that worst
) while bitter
is having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance).
As nouns the difference between worst and bitter
is that worst
is something or someone that is the worst while bitter
is (usually in the plural bitters) a liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
As verbs the difference between worst and bitter
is that worst
is (archaic|transitive) to make worse while bitter
is to make bitter.
As an adverb worst
is in the worst way: most badly, most ill.
# Most inferior; doing the least good.
# Most unfavorable.
- I think putting oil on a burn is the worst thing you can do.
# Most harmful or severe.
- That's the worst news I've had all day.
# Most ill.
- The worst storm we had last winter knocked down our power lines.
# (Used with the definite article and an implied noun): something that is worst.
- I'm feeling really ill — the worst I've felt all week.
- None of these photographs of me are good, but this one is definitely the worst .
* (most ill) (nonstandard)
* fear the worst
* turn for the worst
something or someone that is the worst
(Something that is worst
In the worst way: most badly, most ill.
- My sore leg hurts worst when it's cold and rainy.
- This is the worst -written essay I've ever seen.
- She's the worst -informed of the lot.
(archaic) To make worse.
(dated) To grow worse; to deteriorate.
* (rfdate) Jane Austen:
(rare) To outdo or defeat, especially in battle.
- Anne haggard, Mary coarse, every face in the neighbourhood worsting .
- The Philistines were worsted by the captivated ark.
Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance).
*:Long after his cigar burnt bitter , he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped?; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth.
Harsh, piercing or stinging.
*1999 , (Neil Gaiman), Stardust , p.31 (Perennial paperback edition)
*:It was at the end of February,.
Hateful or hostile.
*(Bible), (w) iii. 19
*:Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Cynical and resentful.
* The one-word comparative form (bitterer) and superlative form (bitterest) exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts (term) and (term).
* bitter pill to swallow
* bitter end
* (cynical and resentful) optimistic
* (cynical and resentful) jaded
(usually in the plural bitters) A liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
* 1773 , Oliver Goldsmith,
- Thus I begin: "All is not gold that glitters,
A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.
(nautical) A turn of a cable about the bitts.
- "Pleasure seems sweet, but proves a glass of bitters .
* brought up to a bitter
To make bitter.