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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worthnoun

    an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value

    "10 dollars worth of gasoline"

  2. worthnoun

    the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

  3. Worth, Charles Frederick Worthadjective

    French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)

  4. deserving, worth(p)adjective

    worthy of being treated in a particular way

    "an idea worth considering"; "the deserving poor" (often used ironically)

  5. worth(p)adjective

    having a specified value

    "not worth his salt"; "worth her weight in gold"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Worth

    Etymology: In the termination of the names of places comes from worð , a court or farm, or worg , a street or road. Gibson.

  2. Worthadjective

    Women will love her that she is a woman,
    More worth than any man: men that she is
    The rarest of all women. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Your son and daughter found this trespass worth
    The shame which here it suffers. William Shakespeare.

    You have not thought it worth your labour to enter a professed dissent against a philosophy, which the greatest part of the virtuosi of Europe have deserted, as a mere maze of words. Joseph Glanvill, Sceptick.

    As if ’tis nothing worth that lies conceal’d;
    And science is not science till reveal’d? Dryden.

    At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty hundred thousand crowns. Joseph Addison, Italy.

    It is worth while to consider how admirably he has turned the course of his narration, and made his husbandman concerned even in what relates to the battle. Addison.

    The castle appeared to be a place worth the keeping, and capable to be made secure against a good army. Edward Hyde.

    Here we may reign secure, and, in my choice,
    To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. John Milton.

    Haste hither Eve, and worth thy sight behold,
    Eastward among those trees, what glorious shape
    Comes this way moving. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Is worthy of their love is worth their anger. John Denham.

    This is life indeed; life worth preserving;
    Such life as Juba never felt till now. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    I have long had it in my thoughts to trouble you with a letter; but was discouraged for want of something that I could think worth sending fifteen hundred miles. George Berkeley, to Pope.

    Many things are worth enquiry to one man, which are not so to another. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Dang’rous rocks,
    Which touching but my gentle vessel’s side,
    Would scatter all the spices on the stream,
    Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks;
    And in a word, but even now worth this,
    And now worth nothing. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Although worth nothing, he shall be proffered in marriage the best endowed, and most beautiful virgin of their island. George Sandys, Journey.

  3. WORTHnoun

    Etymology: weorð , Saxon.

    Your clemency will take in good worth the offer of these my simple and mean labours. Richard Hooker.

    What is worth in any thing,
    But so much money as ’twill bring? Hudibras.

    A common marcasite shall have the colour of gold exactly; and yet upon trial yield nothing of worth but vitriol and sulphur. John Woodward, Natural History.

    How can you him unworthy then decree;
    In whose chief part your worths implanted be. Philip Sidney.

    Is there any man of worth and virtue, although not instructed in the school of Christ, that had not rather end the days of this transitory life as Cyrus, than to sink down with them of whom Elihu hath said, momento mo iuntur. Richard Hooker.

    Having from these suck’d all they had of worth,
    And brought home that faith which you carried forth,
    I throughly love. John Donne.

    Her virtue, and the conscience of her worth
    That wou’d be woo’d. John Milton.

    A nymph of your own train
    Gives us your character in such a strain,
    As none but she, who in that court did dwell,
    Could know such worth, or worth describe so well. Edmund Waller.

    Peradventure those things whereupon so much time was then well spent, have sithence that lost their dignity and worth. Richard Hooker.

    Take a man possessed with a strong desire of any thing, and the worth and excellency of that thing appears much greater than when that desire is quite extinguished. Robert South, Ser.

  4. Worth or Wurthverb

    To be. This word is only now retained in wo worth, or wurth; wo be.

    Etymology: weorðan , Saxon.

    Wo worth the man
    That first did teach the cursed steel to bite
    In his own flesh, and make way to the living sp’rit. F. Q.


  1. worth

    Worth refers to the value or importance of something or someone, usually in terms of their financial or personal significance. It can be subjective and vary depending on individual perspectives and circumstances. Worth can be determined by various factors such as quality, rarity, utility, desirability, or the level of satisfaction it brings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worthverb

    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

  2. Worthadjective

    valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while

  3. Worthadjective

    equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to be exchanged for

  4. Worthadjective

    deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a good sense

  5. Worthadjective

    having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to the value of

  6. Worthadjective

    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

  7. Worthadjective

    value in respect of moral or personal qualities; excellence; virtue; eminence; desert; merit; usefulness; as, a man or magistrate of great worth

  8. Etymology: [OE. worthen, wuren, to become, AS. weoran; akin to OS. weran, D. worden, G. werden, OHG. werdan, Icel. vera, Sw. varda, Goth. warpan, L. vertere to turn, Skr. vt, v. i., to turn, to roll, to become. 143. Cf. Verse, -ward, Weird.]


  1. Worth

    Worth is an American financial, wealth management and lifestyle magazine founded in 1992 and re-launched by Sandow Media in 2009. The magazine addresses financial, legal and lifestyle issues unique to high net worth individuals, featuring stories about dynamic wealth creators and providing expert advice on investing and wealth management. Each issue is organized into three sections: MAKE focuses on wealth creation and entrepreneurship; GROW centers on wealth management and investing; and LIVE highlights philanthropy, lifestyle and passion investing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Worth

    wurth, n. value: possessions: that quality which renders a thing valuable: price: moral excellence: importance.—adj. equal in value to: having a certain moral value: deserving of.—adj. Worth′ful.—adv. Worth′ily (th), in a worthy manner: justly: truly.—n. Worth′iness (th).—adj. Worth′less, of no worth or value: having no value, virtue, excellence, &c.: useless.—adv. Worth′lessly.—n. Worth′lessness.—adj. Worthy (wur′thi), having worth: valuable: deserving: suited to: (B.) deserving (either of good or bad).—n. a man of eminent worth: a local celebrity: (Shak.) anything of value:—pl. Wor′thies.—v.t. to make worthy.—Worthiest of blood, male, as opposed to female—of inheritance.—Nine worthies, Hector, Alexander the Great, Julius Cæsar; Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus; Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon. [A.S. weorth, wurth (Ger. wert), value.]

  2. Worth

    wurth, v.i. to be, happen, as in the phrase Woe worth=woe be to (with the noun in the dative). [A.S. weorthan, to become; cf. Ger. werden.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. wörth

    A village of Alsace, at the junction of the Sulzbach und the Sauerbach, is noted as the point where the first decisive encounter took place between the French and German armies, August 6, 1870. After storming Wissenbourg on August 4, 1870, the crown-prince of Prussia with the 3d army (about 120,000) marched rapidly forward and surprised part of the French army under Marshal MacMahon, including the corps of Canrobert and Failly (about 47,000), and defeated it in a long, desperate, and sanguinary engagement near this place. The battle lasted from 7 A.M. till 4 P.M. The chief struggles occurred in the country around Reichshoffen and in the village of Frœschweiller; the French are said to have charged the German line eleven times, each time breaking it, but always finding a fresh mass behind. The ridge on which Wörth stands was not captured until the French were taken in flank by the Bavarians and Würtembergers. Nearly all MacMahon’s staff were killed, and the marshal himself unhorsed, fell fainting into a ditch, from which he was rescued by a soldier. He then, on foot, directed the retreat towards Saverne, to cover the passes of the Vosges. The victory is attributed to the very great numerical superiority of the Germans (about 130,000) as well as to their excellent strategy. The French loss has been estimated at 20,000 killed and wounded, and about 6000 prisoners, 2 eagles, 6 mitrailleures, 30 cannon, and much baggage. The Germans are stated to have had above 8000 men put hors de combat. It was admitted that MacMahon had acted as an able and brave commander.

Editors Contribution

  1. worth

    A human quality that has and gives respect from their heart.

    She could see the worth of that person and spoke to them respectfully therefore the other person grew in dignity.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WORTH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Worth is ranked #4598 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Worth surname appeared 7,713 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Worth.

    87.2% or 6,733 total occurrences were White.
    7.2% or 555 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 202 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 128 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 67 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 28 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Worth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1057

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Worth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #725

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Worth' in Nouns Frequency: #1755

Anagrams for Worth »

  1. throw

  2. whort

  3. wroth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Worth in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Worth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Worth in a Sentence

  1. Amelia Earhart:

    Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.

  2. Vera Pardee:

    ICAO standards are not worth talking about because they won't do anything.

  3. William Turner:

    There is an economic hit when a hurricane comes through, some assets won't be worth turning back on.

  4. Elizabeth Collett:

    But you might see selected, targeted checks emerging, it is worth having a discussion about it rather than sweeping it under the carpet.

  5. Richard Sibilla:

    After this he has a much better chance of winning another election, as scary as that sounds, it's not even worth following because it's all going to help him.

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