(comparative worthier, superlative worthiest)
- having worth, merit, or value
- honourable or admirable
- deserving, or having sufficient worth
- Suited; befitting.
From Middle English worthy, wurthi, from Old English *weorÃ¾iÄ¡ ((not found); "worthy"), equivalent to worth +"Ž -y. Cognate with Dutch waardig (“worthy"), Middle Low German werdig (“worthy"), German wÃ¼rdig (“worthy"), Swedish vÃ¤rdig (“worthy"), Icelandic verÃ°ugt (“worthy").
(third-person singular simple present worthies, present participle worthying, simple past and past participle worthied)
- To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
- And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...] "” Shakespeare, King Lear.
From Middle English worthien, wurthien, from Old English weorÃ¾ian (“to esteem, honor, worship, distinguish, celebrate, exalt, praise, adorn, deck, enrich, reward"), from Proto-Germanic *werÃ¾ÅnÄ… (“to be worthy, estimate, appreciate, appraise"), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, wind"). Cognate with German werten (“to rate, judge, grade, score"), Swedish vÃ¤rdera (“to evaluate, rate, size up, assess, estimate"), Icelandic virÃ°a (“to respect, esteem").
Partly from worthy (combining form), and partly continuing Middle English -wurthe (“-able"), from Old English -wierÃ¾e (“-able"), from Proto-Germanic *werÃ¾ijaz (“worthy"), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Dutch -waardig (“-worthy"), German -wÃ¼rdig (“-worthy").