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[wurth] /wɜrθ/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
1.
to happen or betide:
woe worth the day.
Origin
900
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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British Dictionary definitions for worthing

Worthing

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

worth1

/wɜːθ/
adjective (governing a noun with prepositional force)
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
noun
5.
high quality; excellence
6.
value, price
7.
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

worth2

/wɜːθ/
verb
1.
(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

Worth

/wɜːθ; French vɔrt/
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."

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).

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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Slang definitions & phrases for worthing

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two cents' worth


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Encyclopedia Article for worthing

Worthing

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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