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


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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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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Aerie fans won't want to miss the store's massive summer sale with up to 60% off a wide array of add-to-cart worthy styles for men and women. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "These are all the best 4th of July sales you can shop right now," 29 June 2020 Certainly, Floyd’s killing in police custody was worthy of an ocean of tears. Donna Britt, Washington Post, "My brother was killed by police. Now I ask, who does George Floyd belong to?," 26 June 2020 And truly, this is one program that’s seriously worthy of royal attention. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Were Spotted Volunteering With a Gang Rehabilitation Organization in L.A.," 25 June 2020 That this gameplay still feels special and unique makes this 2002 re-release a worthy puzzling option for anyone who may have missed the series before. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "You should play Namco’s lost arcade-action classic, Mr. Driller DrillLand," 25 June 2020 However, with techy fabrics meant to keep you feeling cool and comfortable, these pieces are a worthy investment for novices who want workout clothes that will last, or athletes that demand the most from their 'fits. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Outdoor Voices’ New Collab Was Made For Cycling Through The Summer," 25 June 2020 Those who would set out to cause pain are not worthy of our tears. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Readers weigh in on being called ‘dear’," 24 June 2020 Those who would set out to cause pain are not worthy of our tears. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Fewer expectations of others leads to fewer worries for yourself," 23 June 2020 In their eye, Native people were worthy only of the same amount of grazing attention granted to the mountains and the trees—another memory of this country prior to colonization; another picture in the family photo album. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Your Road Trip Is Not More Important Than Indian Country," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the radical separation of theology and politics (which at its highest aims at a common good worthy of free and responsible human beings made in the image and likeness of God) is untenable. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 5 Mar. 2020 Was Polanski’s film worthy of inclusion as a competition title? Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Venice film festival: One of the world’s great film gatherings gives us a sneak peek at what’s coming to Chicago’s film fest in October," 29 Aug. 2019 Keeping old aircraft flight-worthy has been a challenge across the military services. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, "Family of Army helicopter pilot sues Lockheed Martin over 2017 Black Hawk crash," 30 Aug. 2019 Foreign Edition Podcast Foreign Edition Podcast The good news is that Mr. Trump is doing better on this score than many of the pearl-clutchers among foreign-policy worthies will admit. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s NATO Progress," 8 July 2018 The scene-stealing maneuver was one worthy of Ritter's onscreen counterpart, the indomitable and ever-irreverent Jessica Jones: strong, aspirational, and wholly authentic. Jessica Jones, Vogue, "Krysten Ritter Has a Superhero-Worthy Pregnancy Moment at the Jessica Jones Premiere," 29 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of worthy


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Worthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthy. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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.



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

: an important or respected person


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.

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