[ air-wur-thee ]

adjective,air·wor·thi·er, air·wor·thi·est.
  1. (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

Other words from airworthy

  • air·wor·thi·ness, noun
  • un·air·wor·thy, adjective

Words Nearby airworthy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use airworthy in a sentence

  • The FAA will have to certify SpaceShipTwo as airworthy, but there are as yet no protocols in place for that process.

  • There are about a dozen in the hands of receivers for bankrupt shipping companies; he might find one that's still airworthy.

    The Cosmic Computer | Henry Beam Piper
  • The inventor thinks they will be compact and just as airworthy as ocean liners are seaworthy.

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

    By Proxy | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The law says that it can't leave the ground unless it's airworthy.

    By Proxy | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Without wings or control surfaces, it is obviously not airworthy.

    By Proxy | Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for airworthy


/ (ˈɛəˌwɜːðɪ) /

  1. (of an aircraft) safe to fly

Derived forms of airworthy

  • airworthiness, noun

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