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[wurth]
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verb (used without object) Archaic.
  1. to happen or betide: woe worth the day.
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Origin of worth2

before 900; Middle English worthen, Old English wurthan, weorthan; cognate with German werden, Old Norse vertha, Gothic wairthan to become, Latin vertere to turn (see verse)
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Examples from the Web for worthing

Historical Examples

  • The beautiful dedication to the book is dated "Worthing, July 31, 1901."

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

    E.V. Lucas

  • "Yes, but I shall not let you go to Worthing," said Mr. Colwyn, with sudden decisiveness.

    A True Friend

    Adeline Sergeant

  • But Worthing is modern; there is little to detain one on such a pilgrimage as our own.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

  • It had spoilt a season at Worthing and might do so at Brighton.

  • I was glad to escape from Worthing; it had no interest for me beyond its fresh air.


British Dictionary definitions for worthing

Worthing

noun
  1. a resort in S England, in West Sussex on the English Channel. Pop: 96 964 (2001)
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worth1

adjective (governing a noun with prepositional force)
  1. worthy of; meriting or justifyingit's not worth discussing; an idea worth some thought
  2. having a value ofthe 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
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noun
  1. high quality; excellence
  2. value, price
  3. the amount or quantity of something of a specified valuefive pounds worth of petrol
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Word Origin

Old English weorth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German werth (German Wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths

worth2

verb
  1. (intr) archaic to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)
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Word Origin

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

noun
  1. Charles Frederick. 1825–95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture
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Word Origin and History for worthing

worth

adj.

Old English weorþ "significant, valuable, of value; valued, appreciated, highly thought-of, deserving, meriting; honorable, noble, of high rank; suitable for, proper, fit, capable," from Proto-Germanic *werthaz "toward, opposite," hence "equivalent, worth" (cf. Old Frisian werth, Old Norse verðr, Dutch waard, Old High German werd, German wert, Gothic wairþs "worth, worthy"), perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Old Church Slavonic vredu, Lithuanian vertas "worth" are Germanic loan-words. From c.1200 as "equivalent to, of the value of, valued at; having importance equal to; equal in power to."

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worth

v.

"to come to be," now chiefly, if not solely, in the archaic expression woe worth the day, present subjunctive of Old English weorðan "to become, be, to befall," from Proto-Germanic *werthan "to become" (cf. Old Saxon, Old Dutch werthan, Old Norse verða, Old Frisian wertha, Old High German werdan, German werden, Gothic wairþan "to become"), literally "to turn into," from Proto-Germanic *werthaz "toward, opposite," perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).

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worth

n.

Old English weorþ "value, price, price paid; worth, worthiness, merit; equivalent value amount, monetary value," from worth (adj.). From c.1200 as "excellence, nobility."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with worthing

worth

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