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 -worthy (audio) \ adverb
worthiness \ ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce -worthy (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 Statues, flags, and songs are part of the tangible manifestations of memory, and what is worthy of remembering in this country is often highly contested. Kellie Carter Jackson, The Atlantic, 19 June 2021 Honoring it on the calendar is worthy of a great nation. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 19 June 2021 The 2,000 pascals of suction power is worthy of being celebrated, too. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 19 June 2021 Why shouldn’t your morning stop at a bodega be worthy of a break-into-song moment? New York Times, 18 June 2021 It’s the sort of place that feels welcoming to Marin locals but is also worthy of a destination, especially after a jaunt up Mount Tam. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2021 Here, the space seemed at fault because their athletic grace was worthy of reverential attention. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 June 2021 Putin is a formidable opponent who is worthy of reprehension. Arkansas Online, 17 June 2021 The Bengals safety is certainly worthy of a big payday. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harris showed why top-seeded Philadelphia might have its own Big 3 worthy of winning a championship. Dan Gelston, ajc, 23 May 2021 Harris showed why top-seeded Philadelphia might have its own Big 3 worthy of winning a championship. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 There are far too many individual posters in Cyberpunk worthy of analysis, but just taking a handful highlights the exploitative nature of Night City’s world. Stacey Henley, Wired, 1 Feb. 2021 Lee thinks its worthy of a national television audience — maybe someday soon. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2020 The only two other worthy of consideration at 5 are Tyrese Haliburton and Killian Hayes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 25 Sep. 2020 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, 5 Mar. 2020 Was Polanski’s film worthy of inclusion as a competition title? Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 29 Aug. 2019 Keeping old aircraft flight-worthy has been a challenge across the military services. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2019

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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.

Other Words from worthy

worthiness noun


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