From Middle English werking, werkynge, warkynge, worchinge, from Old English wyrċung, verbal noun of wyrċan, equivalent to work + -ing. Cognate with Scots wirking, warking, Dutch werking, German Wirkung.
From Middle English workyng, wirkynge, worchinge, werchinge, workinde, wirkand, worchende, wurchende, from Old English wyrċende, from Proto-Germanic *wurkijandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną, equivalent to work + -ing. Compare Scots wirkand, werkand, warkand, Dutch werkend ("working, acting"), German wirkend ("acting, working").
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