- 1more desirable, satisfactory, or effective:we’re hoping for better weather tomorrow the new facilities were far better I’m better at doing sums than Alice[comparative of the adjective good]
- 2 [predic. or as complement] partly or fully recovered from illness, injury, or mental stress:his leg was getting better[comparative of the adjective well1]
Old English betera (adjective), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch beter and German besser, also to best
In the verb phrase had better do something the word had acts like an auxiliary verb, and in informal spoken contexts it is often dropped, as in you better not come tonight. In writing, the had may be contracted to 'd but should not be dropped altogether.