- Ruth is defined as sorrow, pity or grief, or is a first name for a woman.
- An example of ruth is the compassion you feel for an injured friend.
- An example of Ruth is the first name of the famous American actress Ruth Clifford.
- pity; compassion
- sorrow; grief; remorse
Origin of ruthMiddle English reuthe ; from reowen: see rue
- a feminine name
- a Moabite widow deeply devoted to her mother-in-law, Naomi, for whom she left her own people to later become the wife of Boaz of Bethlehem
- the book that tells her story: abbrev. Rt or Ru
Origin of RuthEcclesiastical Late Latin ; from Classical Hebrew (language) rut, probably contr. ; from re'ut, companion
Ruth, Babe (born George Herman Ruth) 1895-1948; U.S. baseball player
- Compassion or pity for another.
- Sorrow or misery about one's own misdeeds or flaws.
Origin of ruthMiddle English ruthe, from Old Norse hrygdh (influenced by Old English hrēow, sorrow, regret).
In the Bible, a Moabite widow who left home with her mother-in-law and went to Bethlehem, where she later married Boaz.
Origin of RuthHebrew or Moabite Rût; see rwy in Semitic roots.
See Table at Bible.
Origin of RuthAfter Ruth.
- The given name was rarely used by non-Jews in the Middle Ages. Taken into regular use by Puritans. Popular from the 1890s to the 1920s, particularly in the USA.