- My word is defined as an expression of surprise or dismay and it is the equivalent of saying "my gosh" or "my goodness."
An example of my word is when you see ten bushels of strawberries and say "My word, that is a lot of strawberries!"
- My word means a promise.
An example of "my word" is when you say "I promise to be there" which could also be said as "I give you my word I will be there."
- (idiomatic, Australia, New Zealand, UK) (dated, US, Canada) An expression of surprise.
- (idiomatic, Australia, New Zealand, UK) (dated, US, Canada) Indeed.
From upon my word, an oath.
Variant of word
- a speech sound, or series of them, serving to communicate meaning and consisting of at least one base morpheme with or without prefixes or suffixes; unit of language between the morpheme and the sentence
- a letter or group of letters representing such a unit of language, written or printed usually in solid or hyphenated form
- a brief expression, statement, remark, etc.: a word of advice
- a promise, affirmation, or assurance: to give a person one's word
- news; information; tidings: no word from home; what's the good word?
- a password or signal
- a command, order, or authorization: waiting for the word to go ahead
- talk; speech
- the lyrics, text, libretto, etc. of a musical composition that is sung
- a quarrel; dispute; argument
- Archaic a saying; proverb
- Comput. a basic unit of storage in a memory, consisting of a certain number of bits
Origin of wordMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German wort ; from Indo-European an unverified form werdh- (extension of base an unverified form wer-, to speak, say) from source Classical Greek eirein, to speak, Classical Latin verbum, word
a good word
at a word
be as good as one's word
break one's word
hang on someone's words
have a word with
have no words for
have words with
in a word
in so many words
man (or woman) of his (or her) word
of many (or few) words
take someone at his wordor take someone at her word
take the words (right) out of someone's mouth
(upon) my word!
word for word