Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
WORTH, adv. Also wirth (Abd. 1923 R. L. Cassie Heid or Hert iii.); with, woth, wuth. Only in phr. to †fa (see Fa, v., 9. (28)), gae or gang (aa, clean) worth, -aworth, to go to pot, to become spoilt or useless, to go to ruin in any sense, by illness, bankruptcy, dissipation, etc. (Sc. 1787 J. Elphinston Propriety II. 112, with, woth; Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 17; ne.Sc. 1974, (aa) worth). [(ɑ:) wʌrθ, wʌθ]Sc. 1808 Jam.:
He's gane aw with, he's gone all to wreck: i.e. every thing is gone against him.Ags. 1921 T.S.D.C.:
Efter the aivrins are ripe, they gae wuth in a day.Bnff.9 1927:
He's gane a worth wi' drink. His horse's gane aworth wi' 'im.Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xvii., xxiii.:
The aal piper grew forfochen an' his breath gaed wuth . . . Fat gait Shuse didna gae wurth upo ye a' that lang rodd.
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