worth·​less | \ ˈwərth-ləs How to pronounce worthless (audio) \

Definition of worthless

1a : lacking worth : valueless worthless currency
b : useless worthless to continue searching
2 : contemptible, despicable a worthless criminal

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Other Words from worthless

worthlessly adverb
worthlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for worthless


chaffy, empty, junky, no-good, null, vain, valueless


useful, valuable, worthy

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Examples of worthless in a Sentence

The boots may be nice, but they're worthless if they don't fit you. She's depressed and believes that she's worthless.

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For you, the funny money was worthless — and you’re right, American Airlines could do better. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Travel Troubleshooter: Airline delay made us miss grandmother’s funeral," 30 June 2019 The mixed glass, a whopping 75 percent of the total, is worthless. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Does your county recycle wine bottles? The answer may surprise you," 14 June 2019 The play is never more electrifying than when Schreck’s charisma curdles into fury over how the entire American legal framework has rendered women’s lives worthless. Naureen Khan, The Atlantic, "The Tony-Nominated Play That Savages the U.S. Constitution," 8 June 2019 If the partners lose interest, the stake might be as good as worthless. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "How Private Equity Firms Are Solving Their Growth Problem," 12 July 2018 Nuzman, who was briefly jailed and is now under house arrest, denies the charges, and his lawyer has described the plea-bargain testimony as worthless. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "From Boston, Witness in Rio Olympics Bribery Case Has His Day in Court," 17 May 2018 Carbon offsets have been the subject of some scrutiny and scandal; some companies that take money promising to plant trees and capture emissions have been exposed as worthless or scams. Laura Bliss, WIRED, "Lyft Delivers Carbon-Neutral Rides," 24 Apr. 2018 Unspectacular invertebrate fossils, which provide clues to a specimen’s date, get cast aside as worthless. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom," 19 Apr. 2018 Once Latin America’s richest country, citizens watched its economy collapse spectacularly as oil prices fell, hyperinflation rendered the currency worthless and shortages of food and medicine led to rampant hunger and disease. Andrea Castillo, latimes.com, "They were born in Colombia. Their parents fled Venezuela. They are citizens of nowhere," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of worthless

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of worthless was circa 1577

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English Language Learners Definition of worthless

: having no financial value
: having no use, importance, or effect
: having no good qualities


worth·​less | \ ˈwərth-ləs How to pronounce worthless (audio) \

Kids Definition of worthless

1 : lacking worth Play money is worthless.
2 : useless worthless junk

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