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

Because the act of crossing itself is now being treated as an offense worthy of prosecution, any family that enters the United States illegally is likely to end up separated. Salvador Rizzo, Anchorage Daily News, "The facts about Trump's policy of separating families at the border," 20 June 2018 Since the act of crossing itself is now being treated as an offense worthy of prosecution, any family that enters the United States illegally is likely to end up separated. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border," 19 June 2018 Doncic is considered by many pundits to be worthy of the second-overall pick. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings are on the road scouting top draft prospects. Who will they look at next?," 7 June 2018 Or the instant-heirloom Smythson journal that, at the end of the year, is worthy of archiving rather than recycling? Vogue, "The Best Planners for 2019: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Hyper-Organized Friend," 9 Nov. 2018 These lost works are worthy of study on their own, an intriguing thought experiment of what might have been. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings reimagined in new renderings," 5 Nov. 2018 With her Stunna Lip Paint in Uninvited, a true black shade, as the jumping-off point, Rihanna creates a full look that's worthy of any October 31st parties. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna Shares New Fenty Beauty Makeup Tutorial for "Goth Chic" Look — Just in Time for Halloween," 24 Oct. 2018 Kerryon Johnson continues to prove worthy of his draft spot. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Detroit Lions," 23 Oct. 2018 The night’s big winner, Catriona Gray, a 24-year-old model who represented the Philippines, took to the stage and delivered a runway stomp worthy of fashion month. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Even Supermodels Were Impressed by Catriona Gray’s “Lava Walk”," 17 Dec. 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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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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