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WANWORDY, adj. Also -ie, ¶-wardy, -wirdy. Unworthy, worthless (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Now liter. Edb. 1772  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 97:
Wanwordy, crazy, dinsome thing, As e'er was fram'd to jow or ring.
Edb. 1787  W. Taylor Poems 162:
Whilk action o' the rogue wanwordy Distrest the heart o' anxious Geordy.
Fif. 1841  C. Gray Lays 230:
I ken a hand-saw frae a hawk; A blackbird frae a craw wanwordy.
Ags. 1883  Brechin Advert. (9 Jan.) 3:
There he wis, the wan wordie wratch.
Sc. 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ iii. xlvii.:
I' whatna gloiry they noo rejyce, wha ance kythed measly tae this warl' an' in a wye wanwardy o' life.

[Wan-, pref., + wordy (see Worth, n.). Cf. Unwordie, Wanworth. O.Sc. wanwordie, c.1560.]

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