worthless

adjective worth·less \ ˈwərth-ləs \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of worthless

1 a : lacking worth : valueless
  • worthless currency
b : useless
  • worthless to continue searching
2 : contemptible, despicable
  • a worthless criminal

worthlessly

adverb

worthlessness

noun

Examples of worthless in a Sentence

  1. The boots may be nice, but they're worthless if they don't fit you.

  2. She's depressed and believes that she's worthless.

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First Known Use of worthless

circa 1577

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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WORTHLESS Defined for English Language Learners

worthless

Definition of worthless for English Language Learners

  • : having no financial value

  • : having no use, importance, or effect

  • : having no good qualities


WORTHLESS Defined for Kids

worthless

adjective worth·less \ ˈwərth-ləs \

Definition of worthless for Students

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


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