worth·less | \ ˈwərth-ləs \

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


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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In the first are jobs that Mr Graeber tends to think are socially worthless, such as corporate lawyers or investment bankers. The Economist, "Are you stuck in a “bullshit job”?," 31 May 2018 Along the same lines, Airsoft guns and other plastic-pellet guns are worthless, as are Nerf guns presumably (and obviously). Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shoot Down a Drone," 6 Aug. 2015 The offer from the district attorney’s office makes my sister’s life so worthless. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Family of slain ASU student protests plea deal ahead of sentencing," 9 June 2018 But once the system matures, demand for money might slump, making bonds worthless. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 But now, a decade's worth of local activism and community engagement could be made worthless. The Times Editorial Board, latimes.com, "Yes, California has a housing crisis. But killing community planning isn't how democracy should work," 7 Apr. 2018 Yet on the same day as that investment, those shares became 'deferred shares', making them worthless. SI.com, "David Sullivan Ordered to Pay £700,000 After Using West Ham to Illegally Avoid Tax," 26 Mar. 2018 His poleaxing of cap and trade leaves firms in Ontario with C$2.8bn of pollution permits that may now be worthless. The Economist, "Doug Ford disrupts Canada’s climate policy," 28 June 2018 But the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, warns that impostors have been posing as securities regulators and offering ironclad investment guarantees in a phony pitch to buy up virtually worthless shares of stock. charlotteobserver, "Robocalls are out of control. Here’s how to keep from getting scammed | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of worthless

1 : lacking worth Play money is worthless.

2 : useless worthless junk

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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