- The definition of worth is excellence, usefulness or value.
An example of worth is a person with superior charm.
- Worth is defined as having value, whether in money or otherwise.
An example of worth is a house being valued at $500,000.
- material value, esp. as expressed in terms of money or some other medium of exchange
- that quality of a person or thing that lends importance, value, merit, etc. and that is measurable by the esteem in which the person or thing is held
- the amount or quantity of something that may be had for a given sum: a dollar's worth of nuts
- wealth; possessions; riches
Origin of worthMiddle English ; from Old English weorth, akin to weorthian, to honor, German wert, worth, werden, to become ; from Indo-European an unverified form wert-, to turn: see verse
- deserving or worthy of; meriting: not worth the effort
- equal in worth or value to: a book that is worth $50
- having wealth or possessions amounting to: a man worth half a million
for all one is worth☆
Origin of worthMiddle English worthen ; from Old English weorthan, to become, used as auxiliary of the passive voice , akin to German werden: see worth
- The quality that renders something desirable, useful, or valuable: the worth of higher education.
- Material or market value: stocks having a worth of ten million dollars.
- A quantity of something that may be purchased for a specified sum or by a specified means: ten dollars' worth of natural gas; wanted their money's worth.
- Wealth; riches: her net worth.
- Quality that commands esteem or respect; merit: a person of great worth.
- Equal in value to something specified: worth its weight in gold.
- Deserving of; meriting: a proposal not worth consideration.
- Having wealth or riches amounting to: a person worth millions.
Origin of worthMiddle English, from Old English weorth; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verbworthed, worth·ing, worths Obsolete
Origin of worthMiddle English worthen, from Old English weorthan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- Deserving of.
- I think you’ll find my proposal worth your attention.
- 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." Fowler's Modern English Usage 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural worths)
From worth or wurth, from Old English weorþ, from Proto-Germanic *werþaz (“towards, opposite”) (the noun developing from the adjective). Cognate with German wert/Wert, Dutch waard (“adjective”), Swedish värd.
(third-person singular simple present worths, present participle worthing, simple past worth or worthed, past participle worth, worthed, or worthen)
- 14th century, Pearl poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- Corsed worth cowarddyse and couetyse boþe! [i.e. Cursed be cowardice and covetousness both]
- Woe worth the man that crosses me.
worth - Legal Definition
- The value of something, expressed in monetary terms; all of a thing’s qualities that make it useful and valuable, expressed in terms of a medium of exchange.
- The total monetary value of a person.
- The sentimental value of something; emotional value.