Meaning of WORD in English

I. ˈwərd noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wort word, Latin verbum, Greek eirein to say, speak, Hittite weriya- to call, name

Date: before 12th century


a. : something that is said

b. plural

(1) : talk , discourse

putting one's feelings into word s

(2) : the text of a vocal musical composition

c. : a brief remark or conversation

would like to have a word with you



(1) : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

(2) : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements


(1) : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

the number of word s to a line

— sometimes used with the first letter of a real or pretended taboo word prefixed as an often humorous euphemism

the first man to utter the f word on British TV — Time

we were not afraid to use the d word and talk about death — Erma Bombeck

(2) : any segment of written or printed discourse ordinarily appearing between spaces or between a space and a punctuation mark

c. : a number of bytes processed as a unit and conveying a quantum of information in communication and computer work

3. : order , command

don't move till I give the word

4. often capitalized

a. : Logos

b. : gospel 1a

c. : the expressed or manifested mind and will of God


a. : news , information

sent word that he would be late

b. : rumor

6. : the act of speaking or of making verbal communication

7. : saying , proverb

8. : promise , declaration

kept her word

9. : a quarrelsome utterance or conversation — usually used in plural

they had word s and parted

10. : a verbal signal : password

11. slang — used interjectionally to express agreement

- good word

- in a word

- in so many words

- of few words

- of one's word

- upon my word

II. verb

Date: 13th century

intransitive verb

archaic : speak

transitive verb

: to express in words : phrase

a carefully word ed reply

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.