word

[ wurd ]
/ wɜrd /

noun

verb (used with object)

to express in words; select words to express; phrase: to word a contract with great care.

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Origin of word

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch woord, German Wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd; akin to OPruss wirds, Latin verbum ‘word’, Lithuanian var̃das ‘name’

OTHER WORDS FROM word

in·ter·word, adjectiveout·word, verb (used with object)well-word·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eat one's words (1 of 2)

Word
/ (wɜːd) /

noun the Word

Christianity the 2nd person of the Trinity
Scripture, the Bible, or the Gospels as embodying or representing divine revelationOften called: the Word of God

Word Origin for Word

translation of Greek logos, as in John 1:1

British Dictionary definitions for eat one's words (2 of 2)

word
/ (wɜːd) /

noun

verb

(tr) to state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase
(tr often foll by up) Australian informal to inform or advise (a person)
See also words

Word Origin for word

Old English word; related to Old High German wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd, Latin verbum, Sanskrit vratá command
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Idioms and Phrases with eat one's words (1 of 2)

eat one's words

Be forced to retract something one has said, as in The incumbent won easily, so I had to eat my words. This expression was already proverbial in John Ray's English Proverbs (1670). [Second half of 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with eat one's words (2 of 2)

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