worthwhile

[ wurth-hwahyl, -wahyl ]
/ ˈwɜrθˈʰwaɪl, -ˈwaɪl /

adjective

such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.: a worthwhile book.

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Origin of worthwhile

First recorded in 1865–70; worth1 + while

OTHER WORDS FROM worthwhile

worthwhileness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for worthwhile

worthwhile
/ (ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl) /

adjective

sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
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