[rohd-wur-th ee]
adjective, road·wor·thi·er, road·wor·thi·est.
  1. in suitable operating condition or meeting accepted standards for safe driving on the road: a roadworthy automobile.

Origin of roadworthy

First recorded in 1810–20; road + -worthy
Related formsroad·wor·thi·ness, nounun·road·wor·thy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for roadworthy


  1. (of a motor vehicle) mechanically sound; fit for use on the roads
noun plural -ies
  1. Southern African a certificate of roadworthiness for a motor vehicle
Derived Formsroadworthiness, noun
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