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[see-wur-th ee] /ˈsiˌwɜr ði/
adjective, seaworthier, seaworthiest. (of a vessel)
constructed, outfitted, manned, and in all respects fitted for a voyage at sea.
safe for a voyage at sea.
Origin of seaworthy
First recorded in 1800-10; sea + -worthy
Related forms
seaworthiness, noun
unseaworthiness, noun
unseaworthy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seaworthy
Historical Examples
  • The Shootin' Star was seaworthy, though, and I wa'n't worried about her.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The first as to whether the ship was in every respect fit and seaworthy for the voyage.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • "Besides, you know, you're the seaworthy child," she mocked.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • September 30: Every seaworthy vessel, and many not seaworthy, now under charter.

  • Only one of Parker's ten ships was seaworthy after the fight.

  • It was a heavy, slow, but luckily a stanch and seaworthy boat.

  • All were good, seaworthy ships, but little things will happen.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • At least, the Scarboro looked to be a most staunch and seaworthy craft.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • But the Wavecrest was a seaworthy craft, and that indeed had been proved.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • The entire navy consisted of forty-two ships, and some of these were not seaworthy.

British Dictionary definitions for seaworthy


in a fit condition or ready for a sea voyage
Derived Forms
seaworthiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seaworthy

1807, "in fit condition to encounter heavy weather at sea," from sea + worthy. Related: Seaworthiness. Old English had særof "hardy at sea."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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