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

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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worth1 (wɜːθ)
1.  worthy of; meriting or justifying: it's not worth discussing; an idea worth some thought
2.  having a value of: the 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
5.  high quality; excellence
6.  value, price
7.  the amount or quantity of something of a specified value: five pounds worth of petrol
[Old English weorth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German werth (German Wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths]

worth2 (wɜːθ)
archaic (intr) to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)
[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 (wɜːθ, French vɔrt)
Charles Frederick. 1825--95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture

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

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Word Origin & History

O.E. weorð "equal in value to," from P.Gmc. *werthaz toward, opposite, hence equivalent, worth" (cf. O.Fris. werth, O.N. verðr, Du. waard, O.H.G. werd, Ger. wert, Goth. wairþs "worth, worthy"), perhaps a derivative of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see
versus). 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).
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borough (district), administrative county of West Sussex, historic county of Sussex, England, on the English Channel. Road and railway links to London, 58 miles (93 km) northwest, have spurred Worthing's growth as a seaside resort and as a residential town for retired people. Its mild and notably sunny climate also favours the cultivation of salad crops in the vicinity. Area 12 square miles (32 square km). Pop. (2001) 97,540.

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