First attested in 1890. Borrowed from German Wurst (“sausage, wurst”), from Middle High German wurst, from Old High German wurst, from Proto-West Germanic *wursti (“something turned or twisted”), from Proto-Indo-European *wert-, *werd- (“to turn”). Akin to Old Saxon worst (“wurst”), Old English weorþan (“to turn, become”). Doublet of wors. Unrelated to worsted (“type of yarn”). More at worth (“to be, become, betide”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /wɝst/, /vɝst/, /vʊɹst/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /wɜːst/, /vɜːst/, /vʊəst/
- Homophone: worst (one pronunciation)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)st
wurst (plural wursts)
- A German- or Austrian-style sausage.
- 2011, Dardis McNamee, Frommer's Austria:
- In summer, you're welcomed into a flower-decked garden set against a backdrop of ancient vineyards. You can fill up your platter with some of the best wursts and roast meats (especially the delectable pork), along with freshly made salads.
- “wurst” in Duden online