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Meaning of WORTH

Pronunciation:  wurth, wurth

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
  2. [n]  French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
  3. [n]  an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value; "10 dollars worth of gasoline"

WORTH is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: Charles Frederick Worth
 Antonyms: worthlessness
 See Also: clothes designer, couturier, demerit, designer, fashion designer, fault, halfpennyworth, ha'p'orth, indefinite quantity, merit, penn'orth, pennyworth, praisworthiness, price, quality, value, virtue, worthwhileness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Worth\, v. i. [OE. worthen, wur[thorn]en, to become, AS.
    weor[eth]an; akin to OS. wer[eth]an, D. worden, G. werden,
    OHG. werdan, Icel. ver[eth]a, Sw. varda, Goth. wa['i]rpan, L.
    vertere to turn, Skr. v[.r]t, v. i., to turn, to roll, to
    become. [root]143. Cf. {Verse}, -{ward}, {Weird}.]
    To be; to become; to betide; -- now used only in the phrases,
    woe worth the day, woe worth the man, etc., in which the verb
    is in the imperative, and the nouns day, man, etc., are in
    the dative. Woe be to the day, woe be to the man, etc., are
    equivalent phrases.
          I counsel . . . to let the cat worthe.   --Piers
          He worth upon [got upon] his steed gray. --Chaucer.
  2. \Worth\, a. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth], wurE;
    akin to OFries. werth, OS. wer[eth], D. waard, OHG. werd, G.
    wert, werth, Icel. ver[eth]r, Sw. v["a]rd, Dan. v[ae]rd,
    Goth. wa['i]rps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. {Stalwart},
    {Ware} an article of merchandise, {Worship}.]
    1. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while. [Obs.]
             It was not worth to make it wise.     --Chaucer.
    2. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to
       be exchanged for.
             A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats. --Shak.
             All our doings without charity are nothing worth.
                                                   --Bk. of Com.
             If your arguments produce no conviction, they are
             worth nothing to me.                  --Beattie.
    3. Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a
       good sense.
             To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.
             This is life indeed, life worth preserving.
    4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to
       the value of.
             At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty
             hundred crowns.                       --Addison.
    {Worth while}, or {Worth the while}. See under {While}, n.
  3. \Worth\, n. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth],
    wur[eth]; weor[eth], wur[eth], adj. See {Worth}, a.]
    1. That quality of a thing which renders it valuable or
       useful; sum of valuable qualities which render anything
       useful and sought; value; hence, often, value as expressed
       in a standard, as money; equivalent in exchange; price.
             What 's worth in anything But so much money as 't
             will bring?                           --Hudibras.
    2. Value in respect of moral or personal qualities;
       excellence; virtue; eminence; desert; merit; usefulness;
       as, a man or magistrate of great worth.
             To be of worth, and worthy estimation. --Shak.
             As none but she, who in that court did dwell, Could
             know such worth, or worth describe so well.
             To think how modest worth neglected lies.
    Syn: Desert; merit; excellence; price; rate.