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[wurth] /wɜrθ/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
to happen or betide:
woe worth the day.
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) Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The beautiful dedication to the book is dated "worthing, July 31, 1901."

  • "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.

    A Leisurely Tour in England

    James John Hissey
  • They were the only people, except Miss Waterhouse and worthing, who knew of it yet.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • "Yes, that's what worthing meant by the human side," said Bradby.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • worthing stared at him open-mouthed, and then laughed heartily.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • Her large and beautiful eyes have haunted me ever since our visit to worthing.

  • At this, Miss Blaythwaite and worthing looked at each other in astonishment.

    The Unpublishable Memoirs A. S. W. Rosenbach
British Dictionary definitions for worthing


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


adjective (governing a noun with prepositional force)
worthy of; meriting or justifying: it's not worth discussing, an idea worth some thought
having a value of: the book is worth 30 pounds
for all one is worth, to the utmost; to the full extent of one's powers or ability
worth one's weight in gold, extremely helpful, kind, etc
high quality; excellence
value, price
the amount or quantity of something of a specified value: five pounds worth of petrol
Word Origin
Old English weorth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German werth (German Wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths


(intransitive) (archaic) to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)
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


/wɜːθ; French vɔrt/
Charles Frederick. 1825–95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture
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Word Origin and History for worthing



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."



"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).



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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two cents' worth

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