[ wurth ]
/ wɜrθ /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to happen or betide: woe worth the day.

Nearby words

  1. worst,
  2. worst case,
  3. worst-case,
  4. worsted,
  5. wort,
  6. worth one's salt,
  7. worth one's weight in gold,
  8. worth one's while,
  9. worthful,
  10. worthing

Origin of worth

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for worthing


/ (ˈwɜːðɪŋ) /


a resort in S England, in West Sussex on the English Channel. Pop: 96 964 (2001)


/ (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


Word Origin for worth

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


/ (wɜːθ) /


(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


/ (wɜːθ, French vɔrt) /


Charles Frederick. 1825–95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture
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Word Origin and History for worthing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with worthing


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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