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

The 23-year-old is the real deal, a worthy successor to the magnificent Fernandinho and the man to build a side around. SI.com, "Rodri: Statistically the Perfect Midfielder for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City," 4 July 2019 But the advent of e-commerce and e-readers has prompted questions worthy of their own tomes. The Economist, "New ways of selling books clash with France’s old pricing rules," 4 July 2019 While cost is important, district educators see the system as a worthy investment. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "Composting becomes commonplace in Acton-Boxborough schools," 4 July 2019 All-American and 1980 SEC Player of the Year Kyle Macy is the Wildcats best No. 4 with Louisville native Rajon Rondo also worthy of consideration. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Who wore it better? Current Kentucky basketball players carry history in jersey numbers," 3 July 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide Knives Out features a premise worthy of the grande dame of murder mysteries herself, Agatha Christie. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Rian Johnson trades in lightsabers for postmodern whodunnit Knives Out," 2 July 2019 Each Chanel show brings its fair share of worthy beauty inspiration. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "Chanel's Minimal Ponytails Are Summer's Easiest Hairstyle," 2 July 2019 The Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke and third baseman Eduardo Escobar would be the worthy reserves. Dana Scott, azcentral, "What to watch in sports this weekend," 28 June 2019 Smith+Canon New ice cream shop alert: For its first summer season on Colfax, find affogatos (ice cream plus espresso) and nitro cold brew floats alongside a handful of scoop options, all worthy in their own right. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The new ice cream flavors you need to try around Denver this summer," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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The first known use of worthy was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for worthy

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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