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 weorþan (“to turn, become”). Unrelated to worsted (“type of yarn”). More at worth.
wurst (plural wursts)