worthy

adjective
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

worthy

noun
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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Other Words from worthy

Adjective

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 The coaches did not believe Habibi-Likio was worthy of being in the rotation. oregonlive, "Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s conundrum: Former Oregon Ducks running back’s decision to transfer was ‘super tough’," 27 Feb. 2021 While a bit of a polarizing figure these days because of his political views, there is no doubt that Walker's athletic accomplishments are worthy of this ultimate honor. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Names of Black athletes need to adorn stadiums," 26 Feb. 2021 There should be little debate that Williamson’s season is worthy of being considered one of the best in basketball. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, "Zion Williamson Makes NBA All-Star Team, On Track For Supermax Extension From New Orleans Pelicans," 25 Feb. 2021 Not counting the ice bath, Wilkins can turn a whole goose into something worthy of a butcher shop in just a few minutes. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "How to Wax-Pluck a Wild Goose for Christmas Dinner," 23 Dec. 2020 Early returns suggested Joe Burrow was worthy of being the No. 1 pick in 2020. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Record-setting quarterback turnover a strong possibility for 2021 NFL season," 18 Feb. 2021 On Saturday morning, the NCAA Tournament selection committee projected Alabama as a No.2 seed, but maybe this team is worthy of a No.1 nod after all. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama hoops: If the rim is there, then just try and rip it down," 14 Feb. 2021 This is someone who is worthy of standing not just in the American canon, but the Western classical music canon. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston musicians on the Black composers to hear now," 11 Feb. 2021 Many of our police officers are worthy of our praise and appreciation. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Minneapolis police, custody laws, cooking at home," 5 Feb. 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

Adjective

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

Noun

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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6 Mar 2021

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“Worthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthy. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for worthy

worthy

adjective

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.

worthy

noun

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

: an important or respected person

worthy

adjective
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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