worthy

[ wur-thee ]
/ ˈwɜr ði /

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.

Origin of worthy

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

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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

worthily, adverbworthiness, noun
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