Worth, a. [OE. worth,
wurþ, AS. weorð, wurE; akin to OFries.
werth, OS. werð, D. waard, OHG. werd, G.
wert, werth, Icel. verðr, Sw. värd,
Dan. værd, Goth. waírps, and perhaps to E.
wary. Cf. Stalwart, Ware an article of merchandise,
1. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth
It was not worth to make it wise.
2. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for;
proper to be exchanged for.
A ring he hath of mine worth forty
All our doings without charity are nothing
worth. Bk. of Com. Prayer.
If your arguments produce no conviction, they are
worth nothing to me. Beattie.
3. Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but
chiefly in a good sense.
To reign is worth ambition, though in
This is life indeed, life worth
4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or
estate to the value of.
At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty hundred
Worth while, or Worth the while.
See under While, n.
Worth, n. [OE. worth,
wurþ, AS. weorð, wurð; weorð,
wurð, adj. See Worth, a.]
1. 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.
What 's worth in anything Hudibras.
But so much money as 't will bring?
2. Value in respect of moral or personal qualities;
excellence; virtue; eminence; desert; merit; usefulness; as, a man or
magistrate of great worth.
To be of worth, and worthy estimation.
As none but she, who in that court did dwell,
Could know such worth, or worth describe so well.
To think how modest worth neglected lies.
Syn. -- Desert; merit; excellence; price; rate.
Worth (?), v. i. [OE. worthen,
wurþen, to become, AS. weorðan; akin to OS.
werðan, D. worden, G. werden, OHG. werdan,
Icel. verða, Sw. varda, Goth. waírpan, L.
vertere to turn, Skr. vr.t, v. i., to turn, to roll, to
become. √143. Cf. Verse, -ward, Weird.] 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
I counsel . . . to let the cat worthe.
He worth upon [got upon] his steed gray.