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English

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Etymology 1

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

Adjective

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Positive
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Comparative
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Superlative
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  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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Valuable, worth while.
  4. Making a fair equivalent of, repaying or compensating.
    This job is hardly worth the effort.
Usage notes

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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Noun

Singular
worth

Plural
s

worth (s)
  1. (countable) Value.
    I’ll have a dollar's worth of candy, please.
    They have proven their worths as individual fighting men and their worth as a unit.
  2. (uncountable) Merit, excellence.
    Our new director is a man whose worth is well acknowledged.
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Etymology 2

Old English weorþan. Cognate with Dutch worden, German werden, Latin vertere.

Verb

Infinitive
to worth

Third person singular
worths

Simple past
worth or worthed

Past participle
worth, worthed, or worthen

Present participle
worthing

to worth (third-person singular simple present worths, present participle worthing, simple past worth or worthed, past participle worth, worthed, or worthen)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To be, become, betide.
    Woe worth the man that crosses me.

Scots

Adjective

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Positive
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Comparative
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  1. Valuable, worth while.

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