Poorer vs Worse - What's the difference?

poorer | worse |


As adjectives the difference between poorer and worse

is that poorer is (poor) while worse is (bad).

As an adverb worse is

.

As a verb worse is

(obsolete|transitive) to make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.

As a noun worse is

(obsolete) loss; disadvantage; defeat.

poorer

English

Adjective

(head)
  • (poor)

  • poor

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • With little or no possessions or money.
  • :
  • Of low quality.
  • :
  • *, chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.}}
  • To be pitied.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=15 citation , passage=Mr. Campion sighed. ‘Poor man,’ he said. ‘He sees his great sacrifices rejected by the gods, and so, no doubt, all the Misses Eumenides let loose again to plague him.’}}
  • Deficient in a specified way.
  • :
  • Inadequate, insufficient.
  • :
  • *(w) (1600-1666)
  • *:That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea or apology at the last day.
  • Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
  • *(Bible), (w) v.3
  • *:Blessed are the poor in spirit.
  • Synonyms

    * (little or no possessions) impoverished, wealthless, * (of low quality) inferior * (to be pitied) pitiable, * See also * See also

    Antonyms

    * (having little or no possessions) rich * (of low quality) good * (deficient in a specified way) rich * (inadequate) adequate

    Derived terms

    * poor man's * dirt poor * house poor * land poor * piss-poor * poor as a church mouse * poor box * poorhouse * poor power * poor relation

    Noun

    (en-plural noun)
  • (with "the") Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group.
  • The poor are always with us.

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    worse

    English

    Adjective

    (head)
  • (bad)
  • Your exam results are worse than before.
    The harder you try, the worse you do.
  • More ill.
  • She was very ill last week but this week she’s worse .

    Derived terms

    * go from bad to worse * worse for wear

    Adverb

    (head)
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author= Ian Sample
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=34, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains , passage=Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.}}
  • (ill).
  • Less skillfully.
  • More severely or seriously.
  • (sentence adverb) Used to start a sentence describing something that is worse.
  • Verb

    (wors)
  • (obsolete) To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
  • * (rfdate) Milton.
  • Weapons more violent, when next we meet, / May serve to better us and worse our foes.

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    Noun

  • (obsolete) Loss; disadvantage; defeat.
  • * Bible, Kings xiv. 12
  • Judah was put to the worse before Israel.
  • That which is worse; something less good.
  • Do not think the worse of him for his enterprise.
    (Webster 1913)

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