Word Definition

worded, words
A speech sound, or series of such sounds, 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.
Webster's New World
A letter or group of letters representing such a unit of language, written or printed usually in solid or hyphenated form.
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A brief expression, statement, remark, etc.
A word of advice.
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A promise, affirmation, or assurance.
To give a person one's word.
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A command, order, or authorization.
Waiting for the word to go ahead.
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worded, words
To express in particular words.
To carefully word a toast.
Webster's New World
Used to express approval or an affirmative response to something. Sometimes used with up.
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(slang, African American Vernacular) Truth, to tell or speak the truth; the shortened form of the statement, "My word is my bond," an expression eventually shortened to "Word is bond," before it finally got cut to just "Word," which is its most commonly used form.

(slang, emphatic, stereotypically, African American Vernacular) An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.
at a word
  • In immediate response.
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good word
  • A favorable comment:

    She put in a good word for me.

  • Favorable news.
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have a word with
  • To have a brief conversation with (someone); speak to.
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have no words for
  • To be unable to describe or talk about.
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in a word
  • In short; in summary:

    In a word, the situation is serious.

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Origin of Word

  • From Middle English word, from Old English word (“word, speech, sentence, statement, command, order, subject of talk, story, news, report, fame, promise, verb"), from Proto-Germanic *wurdÄ… (“word"), from Proto-Indo-European *werdÊ°o- (“word"). Cognate with Scots wird (“word"), West Frisian wurd (“word"), Dutch woord (“word"), German Wort (“word"), Danish, Norwegian and Swedish ord (“word"), Icelandic orð (“word"), Latin verbum (“word"), Lithuanian vardas (“name"), Albanian urtë (“sage, wise, silent"). Etymological twin of verb.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English wer-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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