road·​wor·​thy ˈrōd-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce roadworthy (audio)
: fit for use on the road
a roadworthy vehicle
roadworthiness noun

Examples of roadworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The automaker pushed past company lawyers’ early safety questions and a veteran development engineer’s warning that the cars weren’t roadworthy, internal emails and documents show. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 2022 The country has 180,000 active soldiers and just over 300 tanks, half of them not roadworthy, down from 500,000 troops and 5,000 tanks at the height of the Cold War. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 This ultimately reduces the need for a roadworthy vehicle, removing these extra emissions from the equation. Krystal Vasquez, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 The promise: This roadworthy storage box unfolds into a camp kitchen. Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2022 To be converted to electric, the internal combustion vehicle must be roadworthy, registered in France and more than 5 years old. Neil Winton, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 In recognition of that utility, local repair shops have started to donate spare tires that are no longer roadworthy and might have languished on beaches or by the side of the road. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Jan. 2022 The blistering speed of the original 2004 Veyron proved so great, Michelin initially struggled to equip the car with roadworthy tires to match its power. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2021 The Solar Car Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars. Gary Curreri,, 30 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roadworthy was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Roadworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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