* worth while
Good and important enough to spend time, effort, or money on.
- Doing volunteer work to help others is truly worthwhile .
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.