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

There were dozens of wedding-worthy looks all over the recent Fall 2019 runways. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Wedding-Worthy Looks for Every Type of Bride, Fresh Off the Fall 2019 Runways," 11 Apr. 2019 The couple ditched their awards season-worthy wardrobes for more low-key looks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Appearance in NYC," 20 Mar. 2019 What there will be, however, are hefty price tags, eccentric decor, insane swimming pools, and occasionally, some tabloid-worthy gossip about your favorite celebs. 'Tis the season for high-profile celebrity couples! refinery29.com, "A-Listed: Kendall Jenner Rents A Love Nest, Justin Bieber Loses Out On Dream Home," 11 July 2018 Scroll down for a whole lot of A-list-worthy cuteness. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Adorable Celebrity Babies Born in 2019," 17 Mar. 2019 Katie holds her hair up with her hands in a sultry, magazine-cover-worthy shot, kicking up her heel to show some seriously high nude stilettos. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares a Surprisingly Sexy, Glammed Up Photo of Herself on Instagram," 15 Mar. 2019 From a Derby-worthy ensemble (including a hat or fascinator, of course!) to the perfect mint julep recipe, here's how to throw a truly memorable Kentucky Derby party. 1. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Most Festive Kentucky Derby Party of All Time," 13 Mar. 2019 Solar cell efficiency is a major area of research for engineers and materials scientists, and efficiency gains of fractions of a percent are usually headline-worthy. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "How the falling cost of solar panels can teach us to make new tech affordable," 26 Nov. 2018 The Mariners certainly didn’t play like a postseason-worthy team, making mistakes in the field, failing with runners in scoring position and giving a better team extra opportunities. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners officially eliminate themselves from AL West title," 18 Sep. 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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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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