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[wurth-hwahyl, -wahyl] /ˈwɜrθˈʰwaɪl, -ˈwaɪl/
such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.:
a worthwhile book.
Origin of worthwhile
First recorded in 1865-70; worth1 + while
Related forms
worthwhileness, noun
valuable, rewarding, beneficial. Unabridged
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  • Might not the young men of these days, surrounded by every sort of help, make similar earnest and worthwhile contributions?

    James Cutbush Edgar F. Smith
  • He'd convinced me that the case was not only going to be worthwhile, but fun.

    ...Or Your Money Back Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Oh, it is worthwhile to go through the trouble of learning to read fifty times over, to obtain the advantage of reading the Bible.

    The Seven Ages of Man Ralph Bergengren
  • If you want a thing badly enough and the thing is worthwhile, then you must go after it.

    Small World William F. Nolan
  • The main reward of any job is the knowledge that worthwhile work has been accomplished.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for worthwhile


sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for worthwhile

1884, from worth (adj.) + while. Phrase worth the while is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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