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 Some Democrats say that the intransigence of the Republican Party means an approach built around compromise is worthless. The Economist, "America’s presidential election The Democratic primaries will be a contest between radicals and repairers," 6 Feb. 2020 Trump proceeded to explain that NATO, too, was worthless. Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies’: Inside Trump’s stunning tirade against generals," 17 Jan. 2020 To do so is to virtually dismiss that person as worthless. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 If the activation codes are exposed, scammers may have already copied and used the information, leaving you with a worthless card. cleveland, "9 popular holiday scams to watch out for this year," 23 Dec. 2019 My fine, fine son, at the top of his game, felt worthless and unloved. cleveland, "Dear Annie: This military mom thinks more needs to be done to prevent suicides," 29 Dec. 2019 Allworth Financial Advisors discuss how keeping debt on your credit card can make cashback reward points worthless. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Money: Healthcare options for an early retirement," 5 Nov. 2019 Many witnesses refused to testify, or did so under guidelines that rendered their testimony nearly worthless. BostonGlobe.com, "House leadership was finally pushed off the fence on impeachment - The Boston Globe," 25 Sep. 2019 Drummond filed suit in 2016, arguing that Norfolk Southern entered into confidential third-party contracts with the power plants, which prevented them from taking coal from Drummond, making the contract worthless. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Court rules for Drummond Coal in multi-million dollar lawsuit over railroad rates," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Worthless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=worthl01. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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