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Definition: Worth while
, n. [AS. hw[=i]l; akin to OS. hw[=i]l, hw[=i]la,
OFries. hw[=i]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. w[=i]la, hw[=i]la,
hw[=i]l, Icel. hv[=i]la a bed, hv[=i]ld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan.
hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably to L. quietus quiet,
and perhaps to Gr. ? the proper time of season. [root]20. Cf.
1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a
time; as, one while we thought him innocent. “All this
This mighty queen may no while endure. --Chaucer.
[Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,
And tells the jest without the smile. --Coleridge.
I will go forth and breathe the air a while.
2. That which requires time; labor; pains. [Obs.]
Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.
, at times; at intervals.
And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim
Powers that we dread. --J. H.
, The whiles
, in or during the time that;
meantime; while. --Tennyson.
Within a while
, in a short time; soon.
, worth the time which it requires; worth the
time and pains; hence, worth the expense; as, it is not
always worth while for a man to prosecute for small debts.
, 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
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.
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
To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.
This is life indeed, life worth preserving.
4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to
the value of.
At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty
hundred crowns. --Addison.
, or Worth the while
. See under While