- angry; wrathful (usually used predicatively): He was wroth to see the damage to his home.
- stormy; violent; turbulent: the wroth sea.
Origin of wroth
Examples from the Web for wroth
Moreover, as he further bethought him, Agesilaus must needs be wroth with him for his deceit.Agesilaus
Then the peasants trembled, for they knew that Asathor was wroth.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
When the King a woke and missed his scabbard, he was wroth, and he asked who had been there.Stories of King Arthur and His Knights
U. Waldo Cutler
Then the King was wroth with those sons, and punished them as he thought best.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
At this Sir Tristram was wroth, and struck him more furiously.King Arthur's Knights
- archaic, or literary angry; irate
Word Origin and History for wroth
Old English wrað "angry" (literally "tormented, twisted"), from Proto-Germanic *wraithaz (cf. Old Frisian wreth "evil," Old Saxon wred, Middle Dutch wret, Dutch wreed "cruel," Old High German reid, Old Norse reiðr "angry, offended"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn" (see wreath). Rare or obsolete from early 16c. to mid-19c., but somewhat revived since, especially in dignified writing, or this exchange:
Secretary: "The Dean is furious. He's waxing wroth."
Quincy Adams Wagstaf [Groucho]: "Is Roth out there too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while."
["Horse Feathers," 1932]