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

Other Words from worthy


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Such an approach would also ease the league’s decision going forward about who is and who is not worthy of such a league-wide honor upon their passing. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 The reasons for the potential shutdown are serious, but aren’t worthy of turning hundreds of patients like Stack out. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 That nonsense label is worthy of a P.T. Barnum ad campaign. Karl Rove, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 Moving is a major milestone that's worthy of acknowledgement. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 That is worthy of further and much more extensive study). Elaine Pofeldt, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The resurrection work will continue through the winter so when Dover marks its 400th anniversary next year, the faithful old clock tower will be worthy of the jubilant municipal celebration. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 But this bonanza on the mountains produced the cringe-worthy moment on the bottleneck, and other scenes of crowding. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 28 July 2022 But the wizard's whole schtick is that everyone can be worthy of such power if given the chance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whether an all-time great or a utility player, Vin Scully treated each player as an individual worthy of dignity and respect, never ridicule. Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Unfortunately, the Celtics stayed consistent only in producing third-quarter bleeding worthy of triage. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 But gifts for kids that age can be tricky, and finding one worthy of a graduation can be even tougher. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 The vast majority don’t make it onto the Vatican’s list of those worthy of belief. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2021 Yet there are several beaches in Oslo worthy of attention if the weather is kind. David Nikel, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 In August, the Gossip Girl alum celebrated another trip around the sun with an epic slow-motion spin in the most twirl-worthy of dresses: a Teuta Matoshi gown that features a corset bodice, cherry appliqué and a tulle skirt with matching tie straps. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 8 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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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More Definitions for worthy


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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