worthy

adjective
wor·​thy | \ˈwər-t͟hē \
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 \ adverb
worthiness \ ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs \ 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

Broken Arrow also parallels a jeep road and, in a few places, the jeeps make acrobatic climbs worthy of a video. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 The home-chef cooking competition found high school English teacher Gerron Hurt, scrambling to make a crab Benedict recipe worthy of progressing into a top 20 spot on the elimination cooking show. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville native barely makes it to the next round of 'MasterChef'," 19 June 2018 Denny Lanez: Whether with moody trap or off-the-wall bangers, the Milwaukee newcomer conquers his live shows with superstar-worthy swagger. 8:30 p.m. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 must-see acts at Summerfest, from the Weeknd to Arcade Fire to Janelle Monae," 19 June 2018 That seemed like a deal worthy of Klarman’s preference for buying undervalued stocks, since used copies of the book sell for more than $500. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Incredible Deal on Famed Hedge Fund Manager’s E-Book Was Too Good to Be True," 10 July 2018 Against some of the best players in the state, Gholston proved himself worthy. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Deandre Gholston and Carmel's Tomi Taiwo lead Hickory to victories," 1 June 2018 The Nobel literature prize was not given out on seven occasions, primarily due to war but also in 1935 because no candidate was deemed worthy of the prize. Bloomberg.com, "Nobel Literature Prize Will Not Be Awarded This Year," 4 May 2018 The Nobel literature prize was not given out on seven occasions, primarily due to war but in 1935 because no candidate was deemed worthy of the prize. Jan M. Olsen, The Christian Science Monitor, "In the face of scandals, no Nobel literature prize will be awarded this year," 4 May 2018 And so redemption, in the land of second chances—for the people who have been deemed worthy of them—has been thoroughly ritualized. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sympathy for the Charlie," 26 Apr. 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 \
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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