From worth or wurth, from (etyl) .
Having a value of; proper to be exchanged for.
- My house now is worth double what I paid for it.
- Cleanliness is the virtue most worth having but one.
- I think you’ll find my proposal worth your attention.
, date=May 9
, author=Jonathan Wilson
, title=Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao
, work=the Guardian
, passage=Two years after their first European trophy, Atlético were well worth their second.}}
(obsolete, except in Scots) Valuable, worth while.
Making a fair equivalent of, repaying or compensating.
- This job is hardly worth the effort.
The modern adjectival senses of worth'' compare two noun phrases, prompting some sources to classify the word as a preposition. Most, however, list it an adjective, some with notes like "governing a noun with prepositional force." says, "the adjective ''worth requires what is most easily described as an object."
Joan Maling (1983) shows that worth is best analysed as a preposition rather than an adjective. CGEL (2002) analyzes it as an adjective.
* for what it's worth/FWIW
* more trouble than it's worth
* not worth a dime
* worth a try
* worth every penny
* worth it
* worth its weight in gold
* worth one's salt
* worth one's while
* worth the risk
- I’ll have a dollar's worth of candy, please.
(uncountable) Merit, excellence.
- They have proven their worths''' as individual fighting men and their '''worth as a unit.
- Our new director is a man whose worth is well acknowledged.
, date=September 7
, author=Phil McNulty
, title=Moldova 0-5 England
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Manchester United's Tom Cleverley impressed on his first competitive start and Lampard demonstrated his continued worth
at international level in a performance that was little more than a stroll once England swiftly exerted their obvious authority.}}
* all one's life's worth
* a dime's worth
* comparable worth
* money's worth
* net worth
* tuppence worth/tuppenceworth
* two pennies' worth
From (etyl) (Norwegian verta, Swedish varda), Latin vertere.
(obsolete, except in set phrases) To be, become, betide.
* 1843 , , book 2, ch. 3, "Lndlord Edmund"
* 14th century , Pearl poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- For, adds our erudite Friend, the Saxon weorthan'' equivalent to the German ''werden'', means to grow, to become; traces of which old vocable are still found in the North-country dialects, as, ‘What is word of him?’ meaning ‘What is become of him?’ and the like. Nay we in modern English still say, ‘Woe worth the hour.’ ''[i.e. Woe befall the hour]
- Corsed worth cowarddyse and couetyse boþe! [i.e. Cursed be cowardice and covetousness both]
- Woe worth the man that crosses me.
* Joan Maling (1983),
Transitive Adjectives: A Case of Categorial Reanalysis, in F. Henry and B. Richards (eds.), Linguistic Categories: Auxiliaries and Related Puzzles , vol.1, pp. 253-289.
(uncountable) The state or quality of having value or merit.
(countable) The result or product of having value or merit.
(uncountable) The state or quality of being qualified or eligible.
(countable) The result or product of being qualified or eligible.