the worse for wear

Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
Related to the worse for wear: without a hitch, none the worse for wear
god moves in a mysterious way, the worse for wear, variety is the spice of life - "God moves in a mysterious way" originated with poet William Cowper—as did the phrases "the worse for wear" and "variety is the spice of life."
See also related terms for mysterious.
يَبْلى، ليس صالِحا للإسْتِعمال
erõsen viseltes
işi bitmişmiadı dolmuş


(wəːs) adjective
1. bad to a greater extent. My exam results were bad but his were much worse (than mine).
2. not so well. I feel worse today than I did last week.
3. more unpleasant. Waiting for exam results is worse than sitting the exams.
not so well. He behaves worse now than he did as a child.
someone or something which is bad to a greater extent than the other (of two people, things etc). the worse of the two alternatives.
ˈworsen verb
to (cause to) grow worse. The situation has worsened.
none the worse for
not in any way harmed by. The child was lost in the supermarket but fortunately was none the worse for his experience.
the worse for wear
becoming worn out. These chairs are the worse for wear.
References in classic literature ?
He still wore the fine broadcloth suit in which he had fulfilled his mission, but it was bitterly the worse for wear, daubed with clay and torn with the sharp briers of the wood.
The partners from Montreal, however, were the lords of the ascendant; coming from the midst of luxurious and ostentatious life, they quite eclipsed their compeers from the woods, whose forms and faces had been battered and hardened by hard living and hard service, and whose garments and equipments were all the worse for wear.
She never had tried, and probably never would now, being some fourteen or fifteen years of age, short in wind, long in body, and rather the worse for wear in respect of her mane and tail.
He examined my puttees and my strong tan shoes--a little the worse for wear now.
Showers of twigs and leaves fell upon them, and predicament followed predicament, until they emerged on the hilltop the worse for wear but happy and excited.
He was a tall man of middle age, with two goggle eyes whereof one was a fixture, a rubicund nose, a cadaverous face, and a suit of clothes (if the term be allowable when they suited him not at all) much the worse for wear, very much too small, and placed upon such a short allowance of buttons that it was marvellous how he contrived to keep them on.
Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several places.
It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round shape, hard and much the worse for wear.
Then would he cackle forth a feeble laugh, and express a doubt whether his wits--for by that phrase it pleased our ancient friend to signify his mental powers--were not getting a little the worse for wear.
I observed then, for the first time, that the boots he had on were a good deal the worse for wear, and that his stocking was just breaking out in one place, like a bud.
Accordingly, they duly attended to bid, and Tom became the owner of two lots of Diggs's things: --Lot 1, price one-and- threepence, consisting (as the auctioneer remarked) of a "valuable assortment of old metals," in the shape of a mouse- trap, a cheese-toaster without a handle, and a saucepan: Lot 2, of a villainous dirty table-cloth and green-baize curtain; while East, for one-and-sixpence, purchased a leather paper-case, with a lock but no key, once handsome, but now much the worse for wear.
Some of them were a bit - well - the worse for wear late in the evening.