from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality that renders something desirable, useful, or valuable: the worth of higher education.
- n. Material or market value: stocks having a worth of ten million dollars.
- n. A quantity of something that may be purchased for a specified sum or by a specified means: ten dollars' worth of natural gas; wanted their money's worth.
- n. Wealth; riches: her net worth.
- n. Quality that commands esteem or respect; merit: a person of great worth.
- adj. Equal in value to something specified: worth its weight in gold.
- adj. Deserving of; meriting: a proposal not worth consideration.
- adj. Having wealth or riches amounting to: a person worth millions.
- idiom for all (one) is worth To the utmost of one's powers or ability.
- idiom for what it's worth Even though it may not be important or valuable: Here's my advice, for what it's worth.
- intransitive v. Archaic To befall; betide: "Howl ye, Woe worth the day!” ( Ezekiel 30:2).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a value of; proper to be exchanged for.
- adj. Deserving of.
- adj. Valuable, worth while.
- adj. Making a fair equivalent of, repaying or compensating.
- n. Value.
- n. Merit, excellence.
- v. To be, become, betide.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be; to become; to betide; -- now used only in the phrases, woe worth the day, woe worth the man, etc., in which the verb is in the imperative, and the nouns day, man, etc., are in the dative. Woe be to the day, woe be to the man, etc., are equivalent phrases.
- adj. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while.
- adj. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to be exchanged for.
- adj. Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a good sense.
- adj. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to the value of.
- n. 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.
- n. Value in respect of moral or personal qualities; excellence; virtue; eminence; desert; merit; usefulness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be or become.
- To happen; betide: now used only in the archaic imprecative phrases woe worth the day, the man, etc., in which worth is equivalent to be to, and the noun is in the dative.
- Worthy; honorable; esteemed; estimable.
- Having worth, esteem, or value in a given degree; representing a relative or comparative worth (of): used generally with a noun of measurement dependent directly upon it without a preposition.
- Having a specified value in money or exchange; representing under fair conditions a price or cost (of); equivalent in value to: expressing either actual market value, or value obtainable under favorable or just conditions.
- Possessed of; having estate to the value of; possessing: as, a man worth five millions.
- Having a specified moral value or importance; estimable or esteemed in a given way; reaching a certain grade of excellence.
- Entitled to, by reason of excellence, importance, etc.; meriting; deserving: having the same construction as in sense 2: as, the castle is worth defending; the matter is not worth notice.
- n. l. Honor; dignity.
- n. Worthiness; excellence of character; excellency; merit; desert: as, a man of great worth.
- n. Value; importance; excellence; valuable or desirable qualities: said of things.
- n. Value, especially as expressed in terms of some standard of equivalency or exchange: as, what is his house worth? the worth of a commodity is usually the price it will bring in market, but price is not always worth.
- n. That which one is worth; possessions; substance; wealth; riches.
- n. =Syn.2 and Merit, etc. See desert. Value, Cost, etc. See price.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
- n. the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
- n. an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value
- adj. having a specified value
- adj. worthy of being treated in a particular way
Middle English, from Old English weorth; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English worthen, from Old English weorthan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From worth or wurth, from Old English weorþ, from Proto-Germanic *werþaz (“towards, opposite”) (the noun developing from the adjective). Cognate with German wert/Wert, Dutch waard ("adjective"), Swedish värd. (Wiktionary)
From Old English weorþan, from Proto-Germanic *werþanan, from Proto-Indo-European *wert-. Cognate with Dutch worden, German werden, Old Norse verða (Norwegian verta, Swedish varda), Latin vertere. (Wiktionary)