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

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 Add in a stadium that’s among the loudest in the nation and an opponent that Malzahn feels is very worthy of its No. Giana Han, al, "Auburn’s not daunted by predictions, sees Saturday as a chance to make history," 23 Oct. 2019 Considering such extraordinary stats, Coach Reeves is clearly more than worthy as a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Tara Mcclary Reeves, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: It’s time for Dan Reeves to take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," 15 Oct. 2019 That impulse is what drives editors to argue among themselves about what is worthy of the front page and what stirs a reader to examine it. Karl Vick, Time, "How A.G. Sulzberger Is Leading the New York Times Into the Future," 10 Oct. 2019 For decades, there have been numerous Black designers, journalists, creators, directors, and stylists who are more than worthy to be mentioned alongside the names of some of the most prominent brands. Chasity Cooper, Essence, "These Black Creatives Are Redefining The Luxury Fashion World," 26 Sep. 2019 The theatrical elements rarely elevate our understanding of the past and the dialogue often feels inert, more worthy of television than the stage. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Great Wave’ barely makes a ripple at Berkeley Rep," 21 Sep. 2019 Its arrival coincides with a short film and within that, a dance — elusive, dreamlike and worthy of its leading man: a singer who knows how to move. New York Times, "Down the Rabbit Hole With an Off-Kilter Thom Yorke," 17 July 2019 Today, the teaching of American history is worthy of a class-action malpractice suit, and that affects the audience for American art in our colleges, the marketplace of collectors, and museums. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 Zinnias are spectacular annuals and worthy of growing in Southcentral and probably other parts of Alaska. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "I was wrong about the zinnias. So wrong.," 5 Sep. 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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The first known use of worthy was in the 13th century

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worthy

adjective
How to pronounce -worthy (audio)

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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