Worthy definition

wûrthē
Having worth, value, or merit.
adjective
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A person of outstanding worth or importance.
noun
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An eminent or distinguished person.
noun
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Suitable or safe for.

Crashworthy.

suffix
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Having enough worth or merit (for someone or something specified); meriting.

A man worthy of her, a candidate worthy to be supported.

adjective
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Having worth, merit, or value.

A worthy cause.

adjective
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Honorable; admirable.

A worthy fellow.

adjective
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Having sufficient worth; deserving.

Worthy to be revered; worthy of acclaim.

adjective
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Safe or suitable for.

Seaworthy.

affix
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Worthy of; deserving.

Praiseworthy.

affix
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Of sufficient worth for.

Creditworthy.

suffix
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2
The definition of worthy is someone or something that has desirable qualities and is entitled to respect or attention.

An example of someone who would be described as worthy of an award is a person who has all the qualities required to obtain the award.

adjective
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Having worth, merit, or value.
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adjective
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Suited; befitting.
adjective
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noun
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And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...] "” Shakespeare, King Lear.

verb
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Of sufficient worth for; deserving of.
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Suitable or safe for; capable of enduring or able to bear; able to withstand.
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Able to be; fit to be; -able.
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Having the right, power, permission, or freedom to.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
worthy
Plural:
worthies

Adjective

Base Form:
worthy
Comparative:
worthier
Superlative:
worthiest

Origin of worthy

  • From worthy

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

  • 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