- having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.
- of commendable excellence or merit; deserving: a book worthy of praise; a person worthy to lead.
- a person of eminent worth, merit, or position: The town worthies included two doctors.
Origin of worthy
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- a combining form of worthy, occurring in adjectives that have the general sense “deserving of, fit for” (blameworthy; newsworthy; noteworthy; trustworthy), “capable of travel in or on” (airworthy; roadworthy; seaworthy), as specified by the first word of the compound.
Examples from the Web for worthy
Dear Thief is worthy of the abused critical adjectives philosophical, atmospheric, and masterful.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
But there were moments of expected genius on it worthy of Grammy consideration.10 Biggest Grammy Award Snubs and Surprises: Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus & More
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Political or not, shown in New York or Budapest, it is a worthy achievement composed with taste and subtlety.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust
October 25, 2014
Well known for his inability to say no to worthy causes, Palmer has always been a whirlwind of good works.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Here, other women putter with practical cotton plaids, worthy of a school uniform.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
"I'll prove to you that I am worthy of your trust," she said with shining eyes.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He says that some of the contes printed every day in the Journal are worthy of Maupassant.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Would it not be just worthy of him to have done so and never told one of his family!
With such teaching he must, he imagined, soon become her worthy equal.
She prayed that he might always be as fond of her as he was then, and resolved to be worthy of him if she could.In the Midst of Alarms
- (postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving
- having worth, value, or merit
- often facetious a person of distinguished character, merit, or importance
Word Origin and History for worthy
mid-13c., "having merit," from worth (n.) + -y (2). Old English had weorþful in this sense. Attested from c.1300 as a noun meaning "person of merit" (especially in Nine Worthies, famous men of history and legend: Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus, Hector, Alexander, Julius Cæsar, Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon -- three Jews, three gentiles, three Christians).