Worthy Definition

wûrthē
worthier, worthies, worthiest
adjective
worthier, worthiest
Having worth, value, or merit.
Webster's New World
Honorable; admirable.
A worthy fellow.
American Heritage
Having enough worth or merit (for someone or something specified); meriting.
A man worthy of her, a candidate worthy to be supported.
Webster's New World
Suited; befitting.
Wiktionary
noun
worthies
A person of outstanding worth or importance.
Webster's New World
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suffix
Of sufficient worth for.
Creditworthy.
American Heritage
Suitable or safe for.
Crashworthy.
American Heritage
Able to be; fit to be; -able.
Wiktionary
Having the right, power, permission, or freedom to.
Wiktionary
affix
Worthy of; deserving.
Praiseworthy.
Webster's New World
Safe or suitable for.
Seaworthy.
Webster's New World
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verb
And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...] "” Shakespeare, King Lear.
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Other Word Forms of Worthy

Noun

Singular:
worthy
Plural:
worthies

Adjective

Base Form:
worthy
Comparative:
worthier
Superlative:
worthiest

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 Wiktionary

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From worthy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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