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 Swede Anderson dug out a million dollars in gold from a claim that everyone said was worthless. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 Every spring Bordoisila runs away from her worthless husband. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Following a river of questions in eastern India," 16 Oct. 2019 Boas was not surprised to learn that a lot of their findings were worthless. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 Twenty miles of Gold Medal trout stream would have been lost forever, replaced by a highly fluctuating reservoir that the Army Corps of Engineers admitted would be a worthless fishery and unfit for recreation. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Remembering Two Forks veto as a win for the environment; Russia danger understated (8/5/19)," 5 Aug. 2019 Freddie Kitchens said all preseason that the Browns don’t practice penalties, which only goes to show once again how the preseason is worthless, because the Browns didn’t practice them and still were called for 18 anyway. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns have talent, blown out anyway, which might make it worse," 8 Sep. 2019 In short order the economy collapsed, resulting in 2008 in a catastrophic inflationary cycle that made the currency worthless. The Economist, "Robert Mugabe leaves a bitter legacy," 7 Sep. 2019 Recall how a year ago, in the crescendo of ICO mania, people could market and sell digital tokens—many of them worthless—to anyone with an Internet connection. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Sucker at the Token Table: Who Loses in the ICO Bust," 12 May 2018 The deal envisioned the U.S. reducing its current troop presence of roughly 15,000 down to zero about 16 months from now, at which point any commitments the Taliban have made would be worthless. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 12 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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23 Nov 2019

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“Worthless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthlessly. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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