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

Synonyms & Antonyms for worthless


chaffy, empty, junky, no-good, null, vain, valueless


useful, valuable, worthy

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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.

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Student loans, even those that financed worthless degrees, won’t tank the financial system: there aren’t enough and most are federally guaranteed. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 11 Sep. 2018 For-profit colleges came under scrutiny during the Obama administration for targeting low-income and minority students who borrow heavily to pay for them, only to earn often worthless degrees. NBC News, "DeVos agenda on higher education is a new front for Democratic resistance," 3 July 2018 The trend is sparking a growing inequity between Venezuelans with dollars and those stuck with an increasingly worthless local currency, the bolivar. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Venezuela’s ‘Two Realities’: People With Dollars and Those Without," 25 Mar. 2019 Bills of the near-worthless local currency, the bolívar, are incredibly scarce — with the government having a hard time even paying for the paper needed to print them. Anthony Faiola, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s inflation rate may hit 1,000,000 percent," 24 July 2018 Some Venezuelan artists are making a point, and art, out of the country's now near-worthless currency. Manuel Rueda, The Christian Science Monitor, "As inflation devastates Venezuela, artists make purses and paintings out of bills," 10 May 2018 Those reagents, which the Health Ministry and the Institute of Social Security import to distribute to public institutions here, are priced in dollars, making them expensive in the local currency, the near-worthless bolívar. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "Venezuela faces a terrible new crisis: A critical shortage of blood," 8 Mar. 2018 Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg Falcon is campaigning on a plan to remedy Venezuela's economic meltdown by swapping its near-worthless bolivar with the U.S. dollar as Ecuador and El Salvador have done. Philip Brian Tabuas, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 Starbreeze took in money from investors with a rights issue and bought Overkill with shares, but, according to people familiar with the deal, Starbreeze was in such a terrible financial position that these shares were essentially worthless. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 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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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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