worst, wurst

The words worst, wurst sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do worst, wurst sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: worst, wurst are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Most inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect.

  2. :: adjective

    Most severe or unfavorable.

  3. :: adjective

    Being furthest from an ideal or a standard; least desirable or satisfactory.

  4. :: adverb

    In the worst manner or degree.

  1. :: noun


Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

Share worst, wurst

About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").