[ uhn-wur-thee ]
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adjective,un·wor·thi·er, un·wor·thi·est.
  1. not worthy; lacking worth or excellence.

  2. beneath the dignity (usually followed by of): behavior unworthy of a king.

  1. of a kind not worthy (often followed by of).

  2. not of adequate merit or character.

  3. not commendable or creditable.

  4. not deserving.

noun,plural un·wor·thies.
  1. an unworthy person.

Origin of unworthy

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at un-1, worthy

Other words for unworthy

Opposites for unworthy

Other words from unworthy

  • un·wor·thi·ly, adverb
  • un·wor·thi·ness, noun
  • self-un·wor·thi·ness, noun

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How to use unworthy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unworthy


/ (ʌnˈwɜːðɪ) /

  1. (often foll by of) not deserving or worthy

  2. (often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to): that remark is unworthy of you

  1. lacking merit or value

  2. (of treatment) not warranted or deserved

Derived forms of unworthy

  • unworthily, adverb
  • unworthiness, noun

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