Meaning and Origin
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User Submitted Origins
Etymology: OE. worthen wurþen, to become, AS. weorðan; akin to OS. werðan, D. worden, G. werden, OHG. werdan, Icel. verða, Sw. varda, Goth. waírpan, L. vertere to turn, Skr. vṛt, v. i., to turn, to roll, to become. √143. Cf. Verse, -ward Weird
- Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while.(Obs)"It was not worth to make it wise." [Chaucer.]
- Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to be exchanged for."A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats." [Shak.]"All our doings without charity are nothing worth." [Bk. of Com. Prayer.]"If your arguments produce no conviction, they are worth nothing to me." [Beattie.]
- Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a good sense."To reign is worth ambition, though in hell." [Milton.]"This is life indeed, life worth preserving." [Addison.]
- Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to the value of."At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty hundred crowns." [Addison.]
Etymology: OE. worth wurþ, AS. weorð wurE; akin to OFries. werth, OS. werð, D. waard, OHG. werd, G. wert werth, Icel. verðr, Sw. värd, Dan. værd, Goth. waírps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. Stalwart Ware an article of merchandise, Worship
- That quality of a thing which renders it valuable or useful; sum of valuable qualities which render anything useful and sought; value; hence, often, value as expressed in a standard, as money; equivalent in exchange; price."What 's worth in anything But so much money as 't will bring?" [Hudibras.]
- Value in respect of moral or personal qualities; excellence; virtue; eminence; desert; merit; usefulness; as, a man or magistrate of great worth ."To be of worth, and worthy estimation." [Shak.]"As none but she, who in that court did dwell, Could know such worth, or worth describe so well." [Waller.]"To think how modest worth neglected lies." [Shenstone.]synonyms: Desert; merit; excellence; price; rate.
Etymology: OE. worth wurþ, AS. weorð wurð; weorð wurð, adj. See Worth (a.)
- The quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
- French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
- An indefinite quantity of something having a specified value ("10 dollars worth of gasoline")
- Having a specified value ("not worth his salt", "worth her weight in gold", and "an appraisal determined the antique carved chair was worth $900")
- (often used ironically) worthy of being treated in a particular way ("an idea worth considering")
From Middle English worth, from Old English weorþ, from Proto-Germanic *werþaz (“worthy, valuable”); from Proto-Indo-European *wert-. Cognate with Dutch waard (“adjective”), Low German weert (“adjective”), German wert, Wert, Swedish värd.
- (countable) Value.
- I’ll have a dollar's of candy, please.
- They have proven their as individual fighting men and their as a unit.
- (uncountable) Merit, excellence.
- Our new director is a man whose is well acknowledged.
From Old English weorþan, from Proto-Germanic *werþaną, from Proto-Indo-European *wert-. Cognate with Dutch worden, Low German warrn, German werden, Old Norse verða (Norwegian verta, Swedish varda), Latin vertere.
worth was also found in the following language(s): Scots