Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WORT, n., v. Also wurt. s.Sc. variant of Ort, n.1, v. See W, letter, 3.(1).

I. n. Gen. in pl.: the refuse of fodder left uneaten by animals (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

II. v. To waste, spoil or use unthriftily, esp. of food or fodder (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.); fig. used of flirting or love affairs as in quot. Bwk. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 216:
Wort . . . is used in a singular sense, in regard to toying with females: “That chield worts the women”; it is said when a young fellow salutes and one neglects another.

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