Other Word Forms of Worthy
Origin of Worthy
From Middle English worthien, wurthien, from Old English weorþian (“to esteem, honor, worship, distinguish, celebrate, exalt, praise, adorn, deck, enrich, reward"), from Proto-Germanic *werþōnÄ… (“to be worthy, estimate, appreciate, appraise"), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, wind"). Cognate with German werten (“to rate, judge, grade, score"), Swedish värdera (“to evaluate, rate, size up, assess, estimate"), Icelandic virða (“to respect, esteem").
From Middle English worthy, wurthi, from Old English *weorþiÄ¡ ((not found); "worthy"), equivalent to worth +"Ž -y. Cognate with Dutch waardig (“worthy"), Middle Low German werdig (“worthy"), German würdig (“worthy"), Swedish värdig (“worthy"), Icelandic verðugt (“worthy").
Partly from worthy (combining form), and partly continuing Middle English -wurthe (“-able"), from Old English -wierþe (“-able"), from Proto-Germanic *werþijaz (“worthy"), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Dutch -waardig (“-worthy"), German -würdig (“-worthy").
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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