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WORTHY, adj., n. Also †woorthy (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xli.); wordie (Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 37, Per. 1816 J. Duff Poems 162; Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Gabertunzie viii.), wordy (Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 65, Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Haggis i.; Ags. 1880 J. E. Watt Poet. Sk. 18; Bnff. 1910 “Camlach” Ballads 31); wurdie, -y (s.Sc. 1857 H. S. Riddell Psalms xviii. 3, St Matthew iii. 11); wirdy (Gsw. 1807 J. Chirrey Misc. Poetry 105); wirtie (Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 593). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. See D, letter, 4. [′wʌrði, ′wʌrdi; Sh. ′wɪrdi]

I. adj. Worth (so much), of the value of. Obs. in Eng. in 17th c. Sc. 1720  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 180:
We thought that Dealer's Stock an ill ane, That was not wordy haf a Million.
Ayr. 1819  Kilmarnock Mirror 297:
I wasna wordy a single grot.
Rxb. 1824  Rymour Club Misc. II. 48:
A teaspoon o' silver is wordy some brass.

II. n. In phr. one's ain wordie, one's old self, in one's usual state of health, etc., at one's best. Also in Eng. dial. Cld. 1818  Scots Mag. (Aug.) 155:
An' the puir thing was never its ain wordie mare, but frae that dwynit awa an' deeit.

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"Worthy adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Oct 2018 <>



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