worthless

adjective
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg Falcon is campaigning on a plan to remedy Venezuela's economic meltdown by swapping its near-worthless bolivar with the U.S. dollar as Ecuador and El Salvador have done. Philip Brian Tabuas, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 Starbreeze took in money from investors with a rights issue and bought Overkill with shares, but, according to people familiar with the deal, Starbreeze was in such a terrible financial position that these shares were essentially worthless. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 2019 Investors soon deemed the debentures worthless after the government blocked a plan to let Econet back them with dollars held abroad. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Virtual-Cash Treasure in Zimbabwe Sparks Fight Over Billions," 2 Jan. 2019 Thailand's military drew criticism and ridicule in 2010 when the GT200 bomb detectors — which were claimed to also be capable of detecting drugs and other substances — were exposed as worthless pseudo-scientific instruments. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Fox News, "Thai businessman convicted of selling fake bomb detectors," 27 Sep. 2018 Overnight, the magnificent find was a worthless pile of rocks. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Dismissed as a forgery, could a mysterious stone found near Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ be real?," 5 July 2018 And the young people in that category, already vulnerable, felt especially rejected, betrayed, and deemed worthless. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "In Focus: ‘Believer’ aims to convert the faithful," 21 June 2018 Because the young employees were basically worthless. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Somewhere, Argentine icon Diego Maradona will be offering advice that will be worthless to the team but somehow tracks back to his greatness from the 1980s. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of worthless

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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worthless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of worthless

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

worthless

adjective
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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