High vs Worst - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between high and worst

is that high is (obsolete) thought; intention; determination; purpose or high can be a period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs while worst is something or someone that is the worst.

As adjectives the difference between high and worst

is that high is elevated in position or status; above many things while worst is (bad).

As adverbs the difference between high and worst

is that high is in or to an elevated position while worst is in the worst way: most badly, most ill.

As verbs the difference between high and worst

is that high is (obsolete) to rise or high can be to hie; to hasten while worst is (archaic|transitive) to make worse.



(wikipedia high)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . Related to (l).


(en noun)
  • (obsolete) Thought; intention; determination; purpose.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) high, heigh, heih, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * hi (informal)


  • Elevated in position or status; above many things.
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high ; I never see anybody so polite.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=She was like a Beardsley Salome , he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry. His wooing had been brief but incisive.}}
  • Tall, lofty, at a great distance above the ground (at high altitude).
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (figuratively) Noble, especially of motives, intentions, etc.
  • (slang) Under the psychological effects of a mood-affecting drug, especially marijuana, or (less common) alcohol.
  • Of a quantity or value, great or large.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders, magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title= Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
  • (acoustics) Of greater frequency, i.e. with more rapid wave oscillations.
  • (of a, body of water) With tall waves.
  • *
  • (of meat, especially venison) Strong-scented; slightly tainted/spoiled; beginning to decompose.
  • Epicures do not cook game before it is high .
  • Of great strength, force, importance, etc.; mighty; powerful; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.
  • a high''' wind; '''high passions
  • * Bible, Psalms lxxxix. 13
  • Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
  • * Dryden
  • Can heavenly minds such high resentment show?
  • * Thackeray
  • with rather a high manner
  • Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxi. 4
  • An high look and a proud heart is sin.
  • * Clarendon
  • His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
  • Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount.
  • * Shakespeare
  • to hear and answer such high things
  • * Wordsworth
  • Plain living and high thinking are no more.
  • (phonetics) Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate.
  • Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree.
  • high''' (i.e. intense) heat; '''high''' (i.e. full or quite) noon; '''high''' (i.e. rich or spicy) seasoning; '''high''' (i.e. complete) pleasure; '''high''' (i.e. deep or vivid) colour; '''high (i.e. extensive, thorough) scholarship
  • * Spenser
  • High time it is this war now ended were.
  • * Baker
  • High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies.
    * low
    Derived terms
    * at the high port * fly high * get high * high altar * high as a kite * high and dry * high and low * high and mighty * high-beam * high blood pressure * high-born * high C * high card * high chair * high-class * high concept * high cotton * high country * high court * high-definition * high-density * high-end * high-energy * high explosive * high fantasy * high fashion * high fidelity * high five/high-five * high-frequency * High German * high-handed * high-hanging * high-hat * high heels * high hopes/have high hopes * high horse/on one's high horse * high island * high jinks * high jump * high-level * high line * high-maintenance * High Mass * high-minded * high-mindedly * high nelly * high-octane * high on the hog * high-pitch * high-pitched * high-powered * high pressure/high-pressure * high priest * high profile * high-ranking * high relief * high-rise * high-risk * high road * high roller * high school * high sea * high season * high-sounding * high-speed * high-spirited * high spirits * high-stick * high street * high-strung * high tackle * high tea * high-tech * high tension * high-test * high tide * high time * high-toned * high touch * high treason * high water * high yaller * highfalutin * highlight * highly * highness/Highness * highway * in high dudgeon * junior high * knee-high * Mile High Club * Most High * on high * sky-high * ultra-high * thigh-high * waist-high (high)
    See also
    * mighty


  • In or to an elevated position.
  • How high above land did you fly?
  • In or at a great value.
  • Costs have grown higher this year again.
  • In a pitch of great frequency.
  • I certainly can't sing that high .
    Usage notes
    * The adverb high' and the adverb ' highly shouldn't be confused. *: He hung the picture high on the wall. *: ''As a politician, he isn't esteemed too highly .


    (en noun)
  • A period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs.
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic climbs highest to sink Benfica'' (in ''The Guardian , 15 May 2013)[http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/may/15/benfica-chelsea-europa-league]
  • They will have to reflect on a seventh successive defeat in a European final while Chelsea try to make sense of an eccentric season rife with controversy and bad feeling but once again one finishing on an exhilarating high .
  • A drug that gives such a high.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A new prescription , passage=No sooner has a [synthetic] drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one. These “legal highs ” are sold for the few months it takes the authorities to identify and ban them, and then the cycle begins again.}}
  • (informal) A large area of elevated atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
  • The maximum atmospheric temperature recorded at a particular location, especially during one 24-hour period.
  • An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.
  • (card games) The highest card dealt or drawn.
  • See also
    * crash


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To rise.
  • The sun higheth .

    Etymology 3

    See hie.


    (en verb)
  • To hie; to hasten.
  • * Holland
  • Men must high them apace, and make haste.




  • (bad)
  • # Most inferior; doing the least good.
  • I think putting oil on a burn is the worst thing you can do.
  • # Most unfavorable.
  • That's the worst news I've had all day.
  • # Most harmful or severe.
  • The worst storm we had last winter knocked down our power lines.
  • # Most ill.
  • I'm feeling really ill — the worst I've felt all week.
  • # (Used with the definite article and an implied noun): something that is worst.
  • None of these photographs of me are good, but this one is definitely the worst .
  • Synonyms

    * (most ill) (nonstandard)


    * best

    Derived terms

    * worstness * fear the worst * turn for the worst


  • something or someone that is the worst
  • (Something that is worst) * French: * Khmer: * Polish: (trans-mid) * Portuguese: (trans-bottom)


  • 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.


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To make worse.
  • (dated) To grow worse; to deteriorate.
  • * (rfdate) Jane Austen:
  • Anne haggard, Mary coarse, every face in the neighbourhood worsting .
  • (rare) To outdo or defeat, especially in battle.
  • * South
  • The Philistines were worsted by the captivated ark.


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