worth

1
[ wurth ]
/ wɜrθ /

preposition

noun

Idioms

    for all one is worth, Informal. to the utmost: He ran for all he was worth.
    for what it’s worth, whether or not (what is stated) is useful or important enough to justify: For what it’s worth, I think you should apologize to him.

Origin of worth

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English weorth, wurth; cognate with Old High German werd (German wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths

Synonym study

4. See desert. 6. See value.

Definition for worth (2 of 3)

worth

2
[ wurth ]
/ wɜrθ /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to happen or betide: woe worth the day.

Origin of worth

2
before 900; Middle English worthen, Old English wurthan, weorthan; cognate with German werden, Old Norse vertha, Gothic wairthan to become, Latin vertere to turn (see verse)

Definition for worth (3 of 3)

Worth

[ wurth ]
/ wɜrθ /

noun

a town in NE Illinois.

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British Dictionary definitions for worth (1 of 3)

worth

1
/ (wɜːθ) /

adjective (governing a noun with prepositional force)

worthy of; meriting or justifyingit's not worth discussing; an idea worth some thought
having a value ofthe book is worth 30 pounds
for all one is worth to the utmost; to the full extent of one's powers or ability
worth one's weight in gold extremely helpful, kind, etc

noun

Word Origin for worth

Old English weorth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German werth (German Wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths

British Dictionary definitions for worth (2 of 3)

worth

2
/ (wɜːθ) /

verb

(intr) archaic to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)

Word Origin for worth

Old English weorthan; related to Old Frisian wertha, Old Saxon, Old High German werthan (German werden), Old Norse vertha, Gothic wairthan, Latin vertere to turn

British Dictionary definitions for worth (3 of 3)

Worth

/ (wɜːθ, French vɔrt) /

noun

Charles Frederick. 1825–95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture

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Idioms and Phrases with worth

worth

In addition to the idioms beginning with worth

  • worth one's weight in gold
  • worth one's while
  • worthy of the name

also see:

  • 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

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