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 From the most buzz-worthy gowns to finding out which stars take home a win, there’s a lot to look forward to during the show. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "SAG Awards 2020: See What's Inside This Year's Gift Bags," 17 Jan. 2020 Penny Junor, a British royal historian, said Elizabeth II is most clear that there are no co-queens, but at the same time believes there are good, worthy, solid roles for the extras to play. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Prince Harry, now back at work, is part of a long tradition of disgruntled ‘spare heirs’," 16 Jan. 2020 But hidden among all those worthy libations are private selection spirits — liquors whose exact recipes can only be found at specific area bars and restaurants. Kevin Gray, Dallas News, "Dallas bars and restaurants are pouring custom, hand-picked spirits. Here’s where to find them.," 15 Jan. 2020 Against Alabama, against Georgia, Burrow's quarterback draws and scrambling was running back worthy. Charles Hollis, al, "Clemson plays for another title, this time against LSU," 27 Dec. 2019 Such casual mistreatment of women ought to bother us all and is a worthy subject for a movie. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Feeble Fox News Attack at the Movies," 10 Dec. 2019 Ohio State had three players worthy of consideration in Fields, Young and running back J.K. Dobbins. Ralph D. Russo, chicagotribune.com, "Heisman Trophy finalists announced: LSU’s Joe Burrow, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Chase Young," 9 Dec. 2019 Ohio State had three players worthy of consideration in Fields, Young and running back J.K. Dobbins. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "2019 Heisman Trophy finalists announced," 9 Dec. 2019 If five are invited to New York, there may not be many other players worthy enough to keep three Ohio State players from attending. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Could Ohio State football have three Heisman Trophy finalists in J.K. Dobbins, Justin Fields and Chase Young?," 30 Nov. 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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worthy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthily?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=worthi01. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for worthy

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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