[rawth, roth or, esp. British, rohth]


angry; wrathful (usually used predicatively): He was wroth to see the damage to his home.
stormy; violent; turbulent: the wroth sea.

Origin of wroth

before 900; Middle English; Old English wrāth; cognate with Dutch wreed cruel, Old Norse reithr angry; akin to writhe
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Examples from the Web for wroth

Historical Examples of wroth

  • Moreover, as he further bethought him, Agesilaus must needs be wroth with him for his deceit.



  • Then the peasants trembled, for they knew that Asathor was wroth.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

  • When the King a woke and missed his scabbard, he was wroth, and he asked who had been there.

  • Then the King was wroth with those sons, and punished them as he thought best.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • At this Sir Tristram was wroth, and struck him more furiously.

British Dictionary definitions for wroth



archaic, or literary angry; irate

Word Origin for wroth

Old English wrāth; related to Old Saxon wrēth, Old Norse reithr, Old High German reid curly haired
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Word Origin and History for wroth

Old English wrað "angry" (literally "tormented, twisted"), from Proto-Germanic *wraithaz (cf. Old Frisian wreth "evil," Old Saxon wred, Middle Dutch wret, Dutch wreed "cruel," Old High German reid, Old Norse reiðr "angry, offended"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn" (see wreath). Rare or obsolete from early 16c. to mid-19c., but somewhat revived since, especially in dignified writing, or this exchange:

Secretary: "The Dean is furious. He's waxing wroth."
Quincy Adams Wagstaf [Groucho]: "Is Roth out there too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while."
["Horse Feathers," 1932]
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