- 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.
- a person of eminent worth, merit, or position: The town worthies included two doctors.
Origin of worthy
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Examples from the Web for worthiness
Discrimination is all about pride and the setting up of a hierarchy of “worthiness.”June, The Month When Pride Isn’t a Sin
June 22, 2014
Here was worthiness by association, a father judged by the virtues of the son.Antiq Hennis’s Bloody Stroller Shames New York City Mayor’s Race
September 4, 2013
My own blood started to boil when they started questioning my worthiness as a person.'Awful Middle-Class Queens'
April 9, 2009
To some, obscurity itself is attractive, from the hope that worthiness is the cause of it.A Dish Of Orts
Any other means to that end than such as should prove his own worthiness, He could not use.Journal of a Residence at Bagdad
She had come to the first real trial of her strength and worthiness.The Doctor's Family
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
But worthiness and good deeds are not all only in arrayment.Stories of King Arthur and His Knights
U. Waldo Cutler
And much of the little power and goodness and worthiness that exist in me, I owe to him.The Return of Peter Grimm
- (postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving
- having worth, value, or merit
- often facetious a person of distinguished character, merit, or importance
Word Origin and History for worthiness
mid-13c., "having merit," from worth (n.) + -y (2). Old English had weorþful in this sense. Attested from c.1300 as a noun meaning "person of merit" (especially in Nine Worthies, famous men of history and legend: Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus, Hector, Alexander, Julius Cæsar, Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon -- three Jews, three gentiles, three Christians).