verb (used without object) Archaic.
- worst case,
- worth one's salt,
- worth one's weight in gold,
- worth one's while,
Origin of worth2
Examples from the Web for worthing
Worthing was so full that it rejected us, and, to our great good-fortune, sent us here.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)|George Eliot
I would come to Worthing to fetch you, I needn't say, and would take the most careful charge of you.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
I shall hope to show him what it is, and I shall not allow myself to be interfered with by Mr. Worthing.Abington Abbey|Archibald Marshall
The first view of Arundel as it is approached from the Worthing road or from the railway station is almost unique in England.Seaward Sussex|Edric Holmes
Mr. Worthing, there is just one question I would like to be permitted to put to you.The Importance of Being Earnest|Oscar Wilde
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