adjective, wor·thi·er, wor·thi·est.
noun, plural wor·thies.
- worthy of the name,
Origin of worthy
Examples from the Web for worthiness
Discrimination is all about pride and the setting up of a hierarchy of “worthiness.”
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|Michael Daly|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
My own blood started to boil when they started questioning my worthiness as a person.
His worthiness is not the point, but whether he can indemnify you.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
Now such persons would do well to understand that they are completely mistaken in their estimate of what "worthiness" really is.Practical Religion|John Charles Ryle
Beggars before these shrines are apt to display these passbooks as an evidence of their worthiness and need.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic|Sidney L. Gulick
At the end of the curious but interesting exhibition, his worthiness Ranuzer asked the prince if he was satisfied.
Send couriers, worthiness, to Memphis immediately, for I fear that the high priests have done something evil.
adjective -thier or -thiest
noun plural -thies
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).