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

Synonyms & Antonyms for worthy

Synonyms: Adjective

deserving, good, meritorious

Antonyms: Adjective

no-good, undeserving, valueless, worthless

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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

These movies, after all, bear the burden of refuting a historical legacy that has framed Asian-Americans as aliens, double agents, or not worthy of recognition. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 Guard Joshua Garnett Another exhibition season has almost come and gone, another missed opportunity for Garnett to prove he’s worthy of starting at right guard. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers vs. Chiefs: 3 studs, 3 duds," 25 Aug. 2019 These are all very worthy ideas to spend 80 minutes pondering, especially since there is an earthy, poetic quality to Cook’s writing, an unusually intense corporal feel to her prose. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "'Out of Love’ by Interrobang Theatre: Have you had a friend for decades? It gets complicated," 23 Aug. 2019 But there's one particular type that's just as worthy of recognition—the fainting couch. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About a Fainting Couch," 23 Aug. 2019 Lane departure mitigation, parallel and perpendicular parking assist forward parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and a 360-degree camera are all worthy. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First electrified minivan," 23 Aug. 2019 Alinor’s ambitions, desires, and fears are certainly worthy of exploration in a novel. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Tidelands is a dull, dour misstep from Philippa Gregory: EW review," 21 Aug. 2019 Feil, Greaves, Reed and Hutson (a junior) are worthy three-year starters blocking for a trio of skilled backs in Green (625 yards), Grasmick (420) and newcomer March. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Grossmont Hills League prep football preview," 16 Aug. 2019 Indeed, Simoes' achievement here is arguably worthy of comparison with all-time greats such as John Alton and Gabriel Figueroa. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Vitalina Varela': Film Review | Locarno 2019," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 What of the other worthies, like the Long Island CVS Pharmacy clerk who informed a woman about her husband’s Viagra prescription, which came as a complete surprise — to her. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Is it time for Time to get the Golden Moutza? Or will it be about Waters or water?," 29 June 2018 Executives and civic worthies worked up a thirst at a groundbreaking ceremony June 30, 1964, at the site of Coke’s new business premises on Exposition Drive, just south of the Freeman Coliseum. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Coca-Cola scored a hit at HemisFair ‘68 with free soda, early H.R. Pufnstuf," 30 June 2018 Delivering audiences a gruesomely poetic death worthy of the Shakespearean influences from the original Thor film, Hiddleston deserves to keep that death. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Avengers: Infinity War—Does Death Even Matter Anymore?," 26 Apr. 2018 Maurizio Sarri and Max Allegri put on a chess match worthy of Kasparov or Fisher, with neither willing to budge. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Wenger's announcement, FA Cup semis and the best of the soccer weekend," 22 Apr. 2018 Landry Shamet, Wichita State’s 6-4 sophomore point guard, sent the Owls packing from the American Athletic Conference tournament with a performance worthy of his first-team all-conference status. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple outpaced by Wichita State's Landry Shamet, loses in conference quarterfinal," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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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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