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 Pembroke has been one of the few places Black landowners could gain a foothold in Illinois, in part because this land was passed over by white settlers who presumed its sandy soils were worthless. Rashod Taylor, ProPublica, 14 Oct. 2021 If the home were purchased, the bank wouldn’t have to disclose the current owner had defaulted and Bank of Oswego’s loan was worthless. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 This may be offering to reveal a secret that is, in fact, never revealed or covering material so cursorily as to be worthless. Lee Gimpel, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The digital currency meant to be worthless vaulted into stardom this year with Elon Musk’s help. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2021 Herd says using an anti-parasitic drug such as ivermectin to treat a viral infection like COVID-19 is worthless, regardless of the dosage. Melissa Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 And options are worthless unless the company’s share price increases above the grant-date strike price. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 Some were returned to owners; some were nearly worthless and junked. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Trump's administration signed a peace agreement with the Taliban last year that proved to be worthless. Richard Galant, CNN, 22 Aug. 2021

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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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Worth, Lake


worth one's weight in gold

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18 Oct 2021

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“Worthless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthless. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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