adjective, un·wor·thi·er, un·wor·thi·est.

noun, plural un·wor·thies.

an unworthy person.

Origin of unworthy

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at un-1, worthy
Related formsun·wor·thi·ly, adverbun·wor·thi·ness, nounself-un·wor·thi·ness, noun

Synonyms for unworthy

Antonyms for unworthy

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Examples from the Web for unworthy

Contemporary Examples of unworthy

Historical Examples of unworthy

  • The other's was an unworthy and brutal nature, utterly corrupted at bottom.

  • It was then that Lad disgraced himself and his deities, and proved himself all unworthy to appear in so refined an assembly.

    Lad: A Dog

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • She was conscious of an excitement, of a sort of unworthy curiosity.

    Angela's Business

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • They were flooded with sunlight and gave dignity to the ugly west front, so unworthy of the splendid interior.

    Glories of Spain

    Charles W. Wood

  • She could not speak out her thoughts about Crosbie, and explain to Lily that he was unworthy of her love.

British Dictionary definitions for unworthy



(often foll by of) not deserving or worthy
(often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to)that remark is unworthy of you
lacking merit or value
(of treatment) not warranted or deserved
Derived Formsunworthily, adverbunworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unworthy

mid-13c., unwurði, from un- (1) "not" + worthy. Cf. Middle Dutch onwerdich, Dutch onwaardig, Middle Low German unwerdich, Old High German unwirdig, Old Norse uverðugr.

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