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 That doesn’t mean the remote classwork is worthless. Washington Post, "College students are weary of ‘Zoom U.’ But they’re also trying to make the best of it.," 25 Oct. 2020 Consumer law firms are working to help shoppers recoup the value of unused gift cards from bankrupt retail chains, hoping to revive court claims that might otherwise be deemed worthless. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Consumers Take Retailers to Court Over Unused Gift Cards," 18 Sep. 2020 For the second day running the Argentine Peso was virtually worthless in neighboring Uruguay foreign exchange houses. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Election Volatility & Peter Thiel’s SPAC," 24 Sep. 2020 Stockholders take on the risk that a company may fail and that their shares may be worthless. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Tuesday Morning bankruptcy reorganization to pay creditors 100% and shareholders are in the money," 24 Sep. 2020 The items that people receive — usually a very cheap or worthless version of the product — are not the actual product the seller is leaving a review for. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Those mystery seeds from China? Might be part of a Amazon review scam," 31 July 2020 That’s two financial payouts for wine that has the — admittedly unquantifiable — potential to be worthless. Washington Post, "Wildfires force some growers to test their grapes for contamination, while others sit 2020 out," 25 Sep. 2020 All my accomplishments had seemed worthless at that point. Rony Ortiz Andrade, Houston Chronicle, "How a COVID diagnosis gave a Houston restaurant worker a new perspective," 17 Sep. 2020 Failure to satisfy those requirements renders the securities worthless. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Decision Time Looms for Biotech’s Riskiest Bet," 20 Sep. 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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29 Oct 2020

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“Worthless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthless. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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