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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many health experts say that COVID-19 results are almost worthless when delivered after two or three days because by then the window for contact tracing has closed. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, "Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available, dismisses Trump tweet," 31 July 2020 But now Srichand Hinduja, 84, the patriarch of the family, and his daughter, Vinoo, want the letter declared worthless. Jonathan Browning, Fortune, "One of the world’s richest families is fighting over a letter dividing their $11.2 billion fortune," 24 June 2020 While the stock is considered worthless, the insiders were in a new trading window that opened for insiders, and well, there’s still liquidity. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "J.C. Penney’s top execs and directors just dumped their penny stock because they can," 17 June 2020 In March 1979, for example, the crew of a trawler called Sea Shepherd smashed through the ice of the Gulf of St Lawrence, before jumping out to spray baby seals with red paint, rendering their fur worthless. The Economist, "If climate activists turned to terrorism What if climate activists turn to terrorism?," 4 July 2020 Borrowers say they were saddled with debt for worthless degrees and have been seeking relief ever since, in court and from the Education Department. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, BostonGlobe.com, "Education Dept. left Social Security numbers of thousands of borrowers exposed for months," 30 June 2020 The Lebanese pound traded on the black market at 7,000 to the dollar, a slide of 40 percent just in the past week as people race to convert their increasingly worthless local pounds into scarce dollars to hedge against further anticipated declines. Liz Sly, Washington Post, "Lebanon’s currency takes a new dive, and there is no end in sight," 26 June 2020 But the move raised eyebrows; even Hertz warned that the stock was likely to be worthless at the end of its bankruptcy reorganization. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Hertz tried to sell stock after going bankrupt. Here's what that tells us," 19 June 2020 There is a lot of disbelief and distrust because there has been so little action with a lot of dialog that appears to have been worthless. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, "What prominent community members say should be done to make Indiana better for everyone," 17 June 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Worthless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthless. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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