worthy

adjective
wor·​thy | \ ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce worthy (audio) \
worthier; worthiest

Definition of worthy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having worth or value : estimable a worthy cause
b : honorable, meritorious worthy candidates
2 : having sufficient worth or importance worthy to be remembered

worthy

noun
plural worthies

Definition of worthy (Entry 2 of 3)

: a worthy or prominent person

Definition of -worthy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : fit or safe for a seaworthy vessel
2 : of sufficient worth for a newsworthy event

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Other Words from worthy

Adjective

worthily \ ˈwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce worthily (audio) \ adverb
worthiness \ ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce worthiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for worthy

Synonyms: Adjective

deserving, good, meritorious

Antonyms: Adjective

no-good, undeserving, valueless, worthless

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Examples of worthy in a Sentence

Adjective

Your donations will be going to a worthy cause. I consider him a worthy opponent. She is a worthy successor to the mayor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Gabriela Hearst’s satin trousers and blazers have earned her a cult following, and Simon Porte Jacquemus’s ivory wide-leg trousers and a sultry halter are worthy of a beach wedding. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Wedding-Worthy Looks for Every Type of Bride, Fresh Off the Fall 2019 Runways," 11 Apr. 2019 And now anyone who has genuinely found fidget spinners to have helped them probably wouldn't be caught dead playing with one if only to avoid stares from strangers who think the toy is worthy of ridicule. Popular Mechanics, "This AirPods Case Is Also a Fidget Spinner," 11 Apr. 2019 And the verdict is clear: Bryan Furman’s lemon-pepper [wet] chicken checks all the boxes: juicy on the inside, crisp on the outside, flavored with a swoon-worthy balance of salt and pepper and sweet, sweet lemony butter. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "Heaven Is an Entire Lemon-Pepper Chicken Doused in Honey Butter," 14 June 2018 This guy, along with an equally awesome Mythos Obi-Wan Kenobi, is a worthy addition to any collection. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Star Wars Toys for Any Aspiring Jedi," 27 Mar. 2019 For example, these 14 dishes are totally drool-worthy, but none of them will cost you more than $2 per serving to make—seriously! Audrey Bruno, SELF, "14 Meatless Meals That Cost Less Than $2," 16 Jan. 2019 Sure, pop culture and movies might trick us into believing that grand, sweeping gestures or last-ditch attempts at getting back together are swoon-worthy, but the reality is that if those actions aren’t desired, there’s nothing cute about it. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Offset Interrupts Cardi B's Set at Rolling Loud Festival," 16 Dec. 2018 The Clinton profit-sharing initiative, though worthy in its way, was designed as a somewhat opaque tax measure that would incentivize companies to adopt profit-sharing plans. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 The result is magazine cover-worthy, with three wood-burning fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, and an airy screened room with radiant floor heating. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Perfectly restored estate in the Berkshires wants $2.1M," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What of the other worthies, like the Long Island CVS Pharmacy clerk who informed a woman about her husband’s Viagra prescription, which came as a complete surprise — to her. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Is it time for Time to get the Golden Moutza? Or will it be about Waters or water?," 29 June 2018 Executives and civic worthies worked up a thirst at a groundbreaking ceremony June 30, 1964, at the site of Coke’s new business premises on Exposition Drive, just south of the Freeman Coliseum. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Coca-Cola scored a hit at HemisFair ‘68 with free soda, early H.R. Pufnstuf," 30 June 2018 Delivering audiences a gruesomely poetic death worthy of the Shakespearean influences from the original Thor film, Hiddleston deserves to keep that death. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Avengers: Infinity War—Does Death Even Matter Anymore?," 26 Apr. 2018 Maurizio Sarri and Max Allegri put on a chess match worthy of Kasparov or Fisher, with neither willing to budge. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Wenger's announcement, FA Cup semis and the best of the soccer weekend," 22 Apr. 2018 Landry Shamet, Wichita State’s 6-4 sophomore point guard, sent the Owls packing from the American Athletic Conference tournament with a performance worthy of his first-team all-conference status. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple outpaced by Wichita State's Landry Shamet, loses in conference quarterfinal," 9 Mar. 2018 President Trump poked fun at son-in-law Jared Kushner, Vice President Pence, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, the New York Times and a long list of other worthies Saturday, including, mildly, himself. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "Trump dishes it out gently with the Washington media he loves to hate," 4 Mar. 2018 Last month Mr Duterte announced a committee of politicians and worthies to feed ideas to Congress. The Economist, "BanyanChanging the constitution of the Philippines may prove perilous," 1 Feb. 2018 In France, an Academy of 40 grey-haired worthies pronounces on what is and is not proper French and terminology committees in government ministries busily coin new words. The Economist, "An old tongue’s new tricksThe strange reinvention of Icelandic," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of worthy

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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worthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of worthy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: good and deserving respect, praise, or attention
: having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc.

worthy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worthy (Entry 2 of 2)

: an important or respected person

worthy

adjective
wor·​thy | \ ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce worthy (audio) \
worthier; worthiest

Kids Definition of worthy

1 : having worth or excellence a worthy goal
2 : having enough value or excellence These students are worthy of praise.

Other Words from worthy

worthiness noun

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