word for word


adverb

in exactly the same words; verbatim.
one word at a time, without regard for the sense of the whole: She translated the book word for word.

Nearby words

  1. word association test,
  2. word blindness,
  3. word burst,
  4. word class,
  5. word deafness,
  6. word game,
  7. word of god,
  8. word of honor,
  9. word of mouth,
  10. word of mouth, by

Origin of word for word

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Related formsword-for-word, adjective

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word for word

Exactly as written or spoken, as in That was the forecast, word for word. Chaucer used this idiom in the late 1300s.

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