for what its worth

worth

1 [wurth]
preposition
1.
good or important enough to justify (what is specified): advice worth taking; a place worth visiting.
2.
having a value of, or equal in value to, as in money: This vase is worth 12 dollars.
3.
having property to the value or amount of: They are worth millions.
noun
4.
excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem: women of worth.
5.
usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose: Your worth to the world is inestimable.
6.
value, as in money.
7.
a quantity of something of a specified value: ten cents' worth of candy.
8.
wealth; riches; property or possessions: net worth.
Idioms
9.
for all one is worth, Informal. to the utmost: He ran for all he was worth.
10.
for what it’s worth, whether or not (what is stated) is useful or important enough to justify: For what it’s worth, I think you should apologize to him.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English weorth, wurth; cognate with Old High German werd (German wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths


4. See merit. 6. See value.
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worth1 (wɜːθ)
 
adj
1.  worthy of; meriting or justifying: it's not worth discussing; an idea worth some thought
2.  having a value of: the book is worth 30 pounds
3.  for all one is worth to the utmost; to the full extent of one's powers or ability
4.  worth one's weight in gold extremely helpful, kind, etc
 
n
5.  high quality; excellence
6.  value, price
7.  the amount or quantity of something of a specified value: five pounds worth of petrol
 
[Old English weorth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German werth (German Wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths]

worth2 (wɜːθ)
 
vb
archaic (intr) to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)
 
[Old English weorthan; related to Old Frisian wertha, Old Saxon, Old High German werthan (German werden), Old Norse vertha, Gothic wairthan, Latin vertere to turn]

Worth (wɜːθ, French vɔrt)
 
n
Charles Frederick. 1825--95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture

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worth
O.E. weorð "equal in value to," from P.Gmc. *werthaz toward, opposite, hence equivalent, worth" (cf. O.Fris. werth, O.N. verðr, Du. waard, O.H.G. werd, Ger. wert, Goth. wairþs "worth, worthy"), perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see
versus). O.C.S. vredu, Lith. vertas "worth" are Gmc. loan-words. Worthless is first attested 1588; worthwhile is recorded from 1884.

worth
"to come to be," now chiefly, if not solely, in the archaic expression woe worth the day, present subjunctive of O.E. weorðan "to become, be, to befall," from P.Gmc. *werthan "to become" (cf. O.S., O.Du. werthan, O.N. verða, O.Fris. wertha, O.H.G. werdan, Ger. werden, Goth. wairþan "to
become"), lit. "to turn into," from P.Gmc. *werthaz toward, opposite, perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus).
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