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Old English weorþ < Proto-Germanic *werþaz, *towards, opposite (the noun developing from the adjective). Cognate with German wert/Wert, Dutch waard (adjective), Swedish värd.

worth (comparative more worth, superlative most worth)


more worth

most worth

  1. 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.
  2. Deserving of.
    I think you’ll find my proposal worth your attention.
  3. (obsolete, except in Scots) Valuable, worth while.
  4. 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."

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