worthy

[ wur-thee ]
/ ˈwɜr ði /
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adjective, wor·thi·er, wor·thi·est.

having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.
of commendable excellence or merit; deserving: a book worthy of praise; a person worthy to lead.

noun, plural wor·thies.

a person of eminent worth, merit, or position: The town worthies included two doctors.

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Origin of worthy

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at worth1, -y1

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Definition for worthy (2 of 2)

-worthy

a combining form of worthy, occurring in adjectives that have the general sense “deserving of, fit for” (blameworthy; newsworthy; noteworthy; trustworthy), “capable of travel in or on” (airworthy; roadworthy; seaworthy), as specified by the first word of the compound.
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British Dictionary definitions for worthy

worthy
/ (ˈwɜːðɪ) /

adjective -thier or -thiest

(postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving
having worth, value, or merit

noun plural -thies

often facetious a person of distinguished character, merit, or importance

Derived forms of worthy

worthily, adverbworthiness, noun
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