). O.C.S. vredu, Lith. vertas "worth" are Gmc. loan-words. Worthless is first attested 1588; worthwhile is recorded from 1884.
"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