wor·​thy | \ ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce worthy (audio) \
worthier; worthiest

Definition of worthy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having worth or value : estimable a worthy cause
b : honorable, meritorious worthy candidates
2 : having sufficient worth or importance worthy to be remembered


plural worthies

Definition of worthy (Entry 2 of 3)

: a worthy or prominent person

Definition of -worthy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : fit or safe for a seaworthy vessel
2 : of sufficient worth for a newsworthy event

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worthily \ ˈwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce -worthy (audio) \ adverb
worthiness \ ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce -worthy (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for worthy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of worthy in a Sentence

Adjective Your donations will be going to a worthy cause. I consider him a worthy opponent. She is a worthy successor to the mayor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If a defender or two is gone, well, chances are that means the last quarterback worthy of a first-round pick is still on the board. David Moore, Dallas News, "No matter how first round goes, the Dallas Cowboys could be spoiled for choice in NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2021 The wins for Zhao, Youn and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom are historic, groundbreaking and worthy of celebration. Dino-ray Ramos, Forbes, "Oscars Diversity: Historic Wins Leap Over Low Bar Set By Hollywood," 26 Apr. 2021 Isaac rarely seemed to consider the details of his life worthy of a five-minute conversation, let alone a feature film. Los Angeles Times, "‘Minari’ and me: What my friend’s Oscars journey taught me about being a critic," 26 Apr. 2021 An essential part of the formula for a successful awards show is showing the audience evidence of what's so worthy of a gold statue. Kelly Lawler, USA Today, "How the first (and hopefully last) pandemic Oscars went so terribly wrong," 26 Apr. 2021 Two of his stars in that movie, Laurence Fishburne (third row, 13th from the left) and Angela Bassett (front row, eighth from right), were both denied acting honors despite (especially Fishburne) being decidedly worthy. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, "Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Class Photo," 23 Apr. 2021 Such a monumental occasion is surely worthy of some moment of reflection on behalf of NASA and the scientific community at large, but NASA didn’t have any time to waste. Mike Wehner, BGR, "NASA’s Mars helicopter just flew for the second time," 22 Apr. 2021 Their cause, however, is no more worthy than that of the kids in the performing arts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: High school sports return. How come performing arts can’t do the same?," 11 Apr. 2021 No value is more worthy of active protection than the right to vote of every citizen. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JONATHAN CAPEHART: GOP hypocrisy on corporations," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are far too many individual posters in Cyberpunk worthy of analysis, but just taking a handful highlights the exploitative nature of Night City’s world. Stacey Henley, Wired, "The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It," 1 Feb. 2021 Lee thinks its worthy of a national television audience — maybe someday soon. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "National signing day notebook: Redemption, fulfillment of childhood promises and more storylines for area signees," 11 Nov. 2020 The only two other worthy of consideration at 5 are Tyrese Haliburton and Killian Hayes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers will take best player available with No. 5 pick in 2020 NBA Draft -- even if it’s another guard," 25 Sep. 2020 And the radical separation of theology and politics (which at its highest aims at a common good worthy of free and responsible human beings made in the image and likeness of God) is untenable. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 5 Mar. 2020 Was Polanski’s film worthy of inclusion as a competition title? Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Venice film festival: One of the world’s great film gatherings gives us a sneak peek at what’s coming to Chicago’s film fest in October," 29 Aug. 2019 Keeping old aircraft flight-worthy has been a challenge across the military services. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, "Family of Army helicopter pilot sues Lockheed Martin over 2017 Black Hawk crash," 30 Aug. 2019 Foreign Edition Podcast Foreign Edition Podcast The good news is that Mr. Trump is doing better on this score than many of the pearl-clutchers among foreign-policy worthies will admit. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s NATO Progress," 8 July 2018 The scene-stealing maneuver was one worthy of Ritter's onscreen counterpart, the indomitable and ever-irreverent Jessica Jones: strong, aspirational, and wholly authentic. Jessica Jones, Vogue, "Krysten Ritter Has a Superhero-Worthy Pregnancy Moment at the Jessica Jones Premiere," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of worthy


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of worthy was in the 13th century

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“Worthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthy. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of worthy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: good and deserving respect, praise, or attention
: having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of worthy (Entry 2 of 2)

: an important or respected person


wor·​thy | \ ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce worthy (audio) \
worthier; worthiest

Kids Definition of worthy

1 : having worth or excellence a worthy goal
2 : having enough value or excellence These students are worthy of praise.

Other Words from worthy

worthiness noun

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