Definitions for: Worth


[n] the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
[n] French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
[n] an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value; "10 dollars worth of gasoline"



Webster (1913) Definition: Worth, v. i. [OE. worthen, wur[thorn]en, to become, AS.
weor[eth]an; akin to OS. wer[eth]an, D. worden, G. werden,
OHG. werdan, Icel. ver[eth]a, Sw. varda, Goth. wa['i]rpan, L.
vertere to turn, Skr. v[.r]t, v. i., to turn, to roll, to
become. [root]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 phrases.

I counsel . . . to let the cat worthe. --Piers
Plowman.

He worth upon [got upon] his steed gray. --Chaucer.


Worth, a. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth], wurE;
akin to OFries. werth, OS. wer[eth], D. waard, OHG. werd, G.
wert, werth, Icel. ver[eth]r, Sw. v["a]rd, Dan. v[ae]rd,
Goth. wa['i]rps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. Stalwart,
Ware an article of merchandise, Worship.]
1. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while. [Obs.]

It was not worth to make it wise. --Chaucer.

2. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to
be exchanged for.

A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats. --Shak.

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 hell.
--Milton.

This is life indeed, life worth preserving.
--Addison.

4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to
the value of.

At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty
hundred crowns. --Addison.

Worth while, or Worth the while. See under While, n.


Worth, n. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth],
wur[eth]; weor[eth], wur[eth], 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 But so much money as 't
will bring? --Hudibras.

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. --Shak.

As none but she, who in that court did dwell, Could
know such worth, or worth describe so well.
--Waller.

To think how modest worth neglected lies.
--Shenstone.

Syn: Desert; merit; excellence; price; rate.

Synonyms: Charles Frederick Worth

Antonyms: worthlessness

See Also: clothes designer, couturier, demerit, designer, fashion designer, fault, halfpennyworth, ha'p'orth, indefinite quantity, merit, penn'orth, pennyworth, praisworthiness, price, quality, value, virtue, worthwhileness

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