worthless

adjective
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

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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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 Well, for Jeff Bezos, who has 165 billion of those dollars, that action is utterly worthless. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 Your fry, once golden and crunchy, has been demeaned to a sodden, sad, cold, and worthless potato strand. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Unpopular Opinion: Condiments Are Disgusting," 21 Nov. 2018 This pre-match stuff would be worthless if the action wasn't a blast. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 Under the Obama administration, funding was blocked to for-profit programs that left students significantly in debt and with what some employers deemed worthless degrees. Sabrina Willmer, Bloomberg.com, "Bain Capital Leads Group to Buy For-Profit School Penn Foster," 1 May 2018 Falcon's backers showed their dissatisfaction with hyperinflation by tearing up worthless 500-bolivar notes and throwing them into the air like confetti. Fabiola Sanchez And Scott Smith, Fox News, "Grave crisis drives apathy in Venezuelan election," 17 May 2018 Falcon’s backers showed their dissatisfaction with hyperinflation by tearing up worthless 500-bolivar notes and throwing them into the air like confetti. Washington Post, "Grave crisis drives apathy in Venezuelan election," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of worthless

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for worthless

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 \

Kids Definition of worthless

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

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