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[air-wur-th ee] /ˈɛərˌwɜr ði/
adjective, airworthier, airworthiest.
(of an aircraft) meeting established standards for safe flight; equipped and maintained in condition to fly.
Origin of airworthy
First recorded in 1820-30; air1 + -worthy
Related forms
airworthiness, noun
unairworthy, adjective Unabridged
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  • The law says that it can't leave the ground unless it's airworthy.

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  • This is to notify you that the aircraft in question has been inspected and found to be not airworthy.

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  • The inventor thinks they will be compact and just as airworthy as ocean liners are seaworthy.

  • Without wings or control surfaces, it is obviously not airworthy.

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British Dictionary definitions for airworthy


(of an aircraft) safe to fly
Derived Forms
airworthiness, noun
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