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  1. without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing: a worthless person; a worthless contract.
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Origin of worthless

First recorded in 1580–90; worth1 + -less
Related formsworth·less·ly, adverbworth·less·ness, noun
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Related Words for worthless

unproductive, insignificant, meaningless, inconsequential, unusable, unimportant, ineffective, bogus, futile, barren, mediocre, unprofitable, pointless, useless, abandoned, abject, base, cheap, contemptible, despicable

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Historical Examples of worthless

  • Perhaps you were taken in by that worthless man, for a real marriage it could not be.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Even Shakspere could not keep the love of a worthless woman.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Compared to this, all the other proofs of freedom are worthless or weak.

  • All the other proofs of God are weak or worthless beside this one.

  • Without that rootless, worthless, devilish fancy, I might have been no worse than other people!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for worthless


  1. without practical value or usefulness
  2. without merit; good-for-nothing
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Derived Formsworthlessly, adverbworthlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for worthless


1580s, from worth (1) + -less. Related: Worthlessly; worthlessness.

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