Origin of wurstGerman from Old High German
Origin of wurstGerman from Middle High German from Old High German; see wers- in Indo-European roots.
1890, from German Wurst (“sausage, wurst") from Middle High German wurst, from Old High German wurst, from Proto-Germanic *wurstiz (“something turned or twisted"), from Proto-Indo-European *wert-, *-d- (“to turn"). Akin to Old Saxon worst (“wurst"), Old English weorÃ¾an (“to turn, become"). Unrelated to worsted (“type of yarn"). More at worth (“to be, become, betide").