noun, plural mon·eys, mon·ies.



    for one's money, Informal. with respect to one's opinion, choice, or wish: For my money, there's nothing to be gained by waiting.
    in the money, Informal.
    1. having a great deal of money; affluent: You can see he's in the money by all those clothes he buys.
    2. first, second, or third place in a contest, especially a horse or dog race.
    make money, to make a profit or become rich: You'll never make money as a poet.
    on the money, Informal.
    1. at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.
    2. exhibiting or done with great accuracy or expertise: His weather forecasts are always on the money.
    Also right on the money.
    put one's money where one's mouth is, Informal. to prove the truth of one's words by actions or other evidence; demonstrate one's sincerity or integrity: Instead of bragging about your beautiful house, put your money where your mouth is and invite us over to see it.

Origin of money

1250–1300; Middle English moneie < Middle French < Latin monēta mint2, money
Related formsmon·ey·less, adjectivenon·mon·ey, adjective

Synonyms for money

3. coin, cash, currency, specie, change. 11. funds, capital, assets, wealth, riches. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for for one's money



a medium of exchange that functions as legal tender
the official currency, in the form of banknotes, coins, etc, issued by a government or other authority
a particular denomination or form of currencysilver money
property or assets with reference to their realizable value
plural moneys or monies formal a pecuniary sum or income
an unspecified amount of paper currency or coinsmoney to lend
for one's money in one's opinion
in the money informal well-off; rich
money for old rope informal profit obtained by little or no effort
money to burn more money than one needs
one's money's worth full value for the money one has paid for something
put money into to invest money in
put money on to place a bet on
put one's money where one's mouth is See mouth (def. 19)


best, most valuable, or most eagerly anticipatedthe money shot; the money note
Related formsRelated adjective: pecuniary

Word Origin for money

C13: from Old French moneie, from Latin monēta coinage; see mint ²
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Word Origin and History for for one's money



mid-13c., "coinage, metal currency," from Old French monoie "money, coin, currency; change" (Modern French monnaie), from Latin moneta "place for coining money, mint; coined money, money, coinage," from Moneta, a title or surname of the Roman goddess Juno, in or near whose temple money was coined; perhaps from monere "advise, warn" (see monitor (n.)), with the sense of "admonishing goddess," which is sensible, but the etymology is difficult. Extended early 19c. to include paper money.

It had been justly stated by a British writer that the power to make a small piece of paper, not worth one cent, by the inscribing of a few names, to be worth a thousand dollars, was a power too high to be entrusted to the hands of mortal man. [John C. Calhoun, speech, U.S. Senate, Dec. 29, 1841]

I am not interested in money but in the things of which money is the symbol. [Henry Ford]

To make money "earn pay" is first attested mid-15c. Highwayman's threat your money or your life first attested 1841. Phrase in the money (1902) originally meant "one who finishes among the prize-winners" (in a horse race, etc.). The challenge to put (one's) money where (one's) mouth is is first recorded 1942, American English. money-grub "one who is sordidly intent on amassing money" is from 1768. The image of money burning a hole in someone's pocket is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with for one's money

for one's money

According to one's opinion, choice, or preference. For example, For my money, a trip to Europe is not worth the trouble or expense. [Second half of 1500s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with money

  • money burns a hole in one's pocket
  • money is no object
  • money talks
  • money to burn

also see:

  • coin money
  • color of one's money
  • easy money
  • even money
  • fool and his money are soon parted
  • for one's money
  • funny money
  • get one's money's worth
  • hush money
  • in the money
  • made of money
  • not for love or money
  • on the money
  • pay your money and take your choice
  • pin money
  • pocket money
  • put money on
  • put one's money where one's mouth is
  • rolling in it (money)
  • run for one's money
  • throw good money after bad
  • time is money
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