- good or important enough to justify (what is specified): advice worth taking; a place worth visiting.
- having a value of, or equal in value to, as in money: This vase is worth 12 dollars.
- having property to the value or amount of: They are worth millions.
- excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem: women of worth.
- usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose: Your worth to the world is inestimable.
- value, as in money.
- a quantity of something of a specified value: ten cents' worth of candy.
- wealth; riches; property or possessions: net worth.
- for all one is worth, Informal. to the utmost: He ran for all he was worth.
- for what it’s worth, whether or not (what is stated) is useful or important enough to justify: For what it’s worth, I think you should apologize to him.
Origin of worth1
- to happen or betide: woe worth the day.
Origin of worth2
- a town in NE Illinois.
Examples from the Web for worth
Freedom of speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
So I started to think about anything in my life that would be worth people giving it any amount of time.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
It would definitely be wrong for TLC to encourage us to gawk at these men but their story is worth investigating nonetheless.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
Rick would cut together five years worth of work, add the sixth, then recut six years worth of work, add the seventh, and so on.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
And the chord structure, for those of you who play an instrument, is unexpected and worth checking out.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Dollars are worth more apiece in New York than any town I've ever been in.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
As you do not propose to follow the sea, it will not be worth while to go as cabin-boy.Brave and Bold
It is a tribute to the memory and worth of one of his early friends at Eton.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
His nett proceeds (which I saw) were about $16,000 worth of gold.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
We are pure nothings, concerning which speculation is not worth the trouble.Weighed and Wanting
- worthy of; meriting or justifyingit's not worth discussing; an idea worth some thought
- having a value ofthe book is worth 30 pounds
- for all one is worth to the utmost; to the full extent of one's powers or ability
- worth one's weight in gold extremely helpful, kind, etc
- high quality; excellence
- value, price
- the amount or quantity of something of a specified valuefive pounds worth of petrol
- (intr) archaic to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)
- Charles Frederick. 1825–95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture
Word Origin and History for worth
Old English weorþ "significant, valuable, of value; valued, appreciated, highly thought-of, deserving, meriting; honorable, noble, of high rank; suitable for, proper, fit, capable," from Proto-Germanic *werthaz "toward, opposite," hence "equivalent, worth" (cf. Old Frisian werth, Old Norse verðr, Dutch waard, Old High German werd, German wert, Gothic wairþs "worth, worthy"), perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Old Church Slavonic vredu, Lithuanian vertas "worth" are Germanic loan-words. From c.1200 as "equivalent to, of the value of, valued at; having importance equal to; equal in power to."
"to come to be," now chiefly, if not solely, in the archaic expression woe worth the day, present subjunctive of Old English weorðan "to become, be, to befall," from Proto-Germanic *werthan "to become" (cf. Old Saxon, Old Dutch werthan, Old Norse verða, Old Frisian wertha, Old High German werdan, German werden, Gothic wairþan "to become"), literally "to turn into," from Proto-Germanic *werthaz "toward, opposite," perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).
Old English weorþ "value, price, price paid; worth, worthiness, merit; equivalent value amount, monetary value," from worth (adj.). From c.1200 as "excellence, nobility."