[see-wur-th ee]

adjective, sea·wor·thi·er, sea·wor·thi·est. (of a vessel)

constructed, outfitted, manned, and in all respects fitted for a voyage at sea.
safe for a voyage at sea.

Origin of seaworthy

First recorded in 1800–10; sea + -worthy
Related formssea·wor·thi·ness, nounun·sea·wor·thi·ness, nounun·sea·wor·thy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for seaworthy

navigable, safe, secure

Examples from the Web for seaworthy

Historical Examples of seaworthy

  • The Shootin' Star was seaworthy, though, and I wa'n't worried about her.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The first as to whether the ship was in every respect fit and seaworthy for the voyage.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Besides, you know, you're the seaworthy child," she mocked.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • September 30: Every seaworthy vessel, and many not seaworthy, now under charter.

  • Only one of Parker's ten ships was seaworthy after the fight.

British Dictionary definitions for seaworthy



in a fit condition or ready for a sea voyage
Derived Formsseaworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seaworthy

1807, "in fit condition to encounter heavy weather at sea," from sea + worthy. Related: Seaworthiness. Old English had særof "hardy at sea."

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