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From Middle English forworthen, from Old English forweorþan (to perish, pass away, vanish; deteriorate, sicken), from Proto-Germanic *frawerþaną (to perish, come to ruin), equivalent to for- (away, wrongly, badly) +‎ worth (to turn into, become).


forworth (third-person singular simple present forworths, present participle forworthing, simple past forworthed or forword, past participle forworthed or forworthen or forworden)

  1. (intransitive, rare, now chiefly dialectal) To perish; come to nought or ruin; go wrong.
  2. (intransitive, rare, now chiefly dialectal) To degenerate (into); become (something inferior); come to.