To pull off; to wear, perform, etc. successfully or to advantage.
From Middle English work, werk, from Old English weorc, from Proto-Germanic *werką, from Proto-Indo-European *wérǵom; akin to Scots wark, Saterland Frisian Wierk, West Frisian wurk, Dutch werk, German Werk, German Low German Wark, Danish værk, Norwegian Bokmål verk, Norwegian Nynorsk verk, Swedish verk and yrke, Icelandic verk, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌺𐌹, Ancient Greek ἔργον ("work") (from ϝέργον), Avestan 𐬬𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬰 ("to work, to perform"), Armenian գործ ("work"), Albanian argëtoj ("entertain, reward, please"). English cognates include bulwark, boulevard, energy, erg, georgic, liturgy, metallurgy, organ, surgeon, wright. ergon.
From Middle English werken and worchen, from Old English wyrċan and wircan (Mercian), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną ("to work"), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- ("to work"). Cognate with Old Frisian werka, wirka, Old Saxon wirkian, Low German warken, Dutch werken, Old High German wurken (German wirken, werken and werkeln), Old Norse yrkja and orka, (Swedish yrka and orka), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌺𐌾𐌰𐌽.
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