- worst case,
- worth one's salt,
- worth one's weight in gold,
- worth one's while,
Origin of worth1
verb (used without object) Archaic.
Origin of worth2
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|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the chord structure, for those of you who play an instrument, is unexpected and worth checking out.
It is so ugly that it is worth nothing, except as a curiosity; and if it ceased to be a curiosity it would be quite valueless.A Year in a Lancashire Garden|Henry Arthur Bright
But we've had our laugh out of it, and that is worth while, isn't it?Pirates' Hope|Francis Lynde
It'd take all he's worth to feed him through the winter, and he'd be no use to you at all.The Hills of Desire|Richard Aumerle Maher
But she thought: If it is not worth hearing, I will simply go to sleep as he reads.The Substance of a Dream |F. W. Bain
I believe that they silently rate each other as we do men on 'Change—worth five hundred, worth eight hundred napkins.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
adjective (governing a noun with prepositional force)
Word Origin for worth
Word Origin 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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with worth
- worth one's weight in gold
- worth one's while
- worthy of the name
- for all one is worth
- game is not worth the candle
- get one's money's worth
- not worth a damn
- picture is worth a thousand words