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[wurth-lis] /ˈwɜrθ lɪs/
without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing:
a worthless person; a worthless contract.
Origin of worthless
First recorded in 1580-90; worth1 + -less
Related forms
worthlessly, adverb
worthlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • This town was named after John Downie, a worthless drunkard.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • And the shielding that been on the other five engines had melted and run; it was worthless.

    The Measure of a Man Randall Garrett
  • Wonderful as it may seem to some, all the money in the world is worthless in God's balances, compared to grace!

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • If he gets snakes before we dock, his testimony is worthless.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • You have, from a worthless and idle vagabond, metamorphosed me into a reputable and honest man.

British Dictionary definitions for worthless


without practical value or usefulness
without merit; good-for-nothing
Derived Forms
worthlessly, adverb
worthlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for worthless

1580s, from worth (1) + -less. Related: Worthlessly; worthlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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