Definition of worthy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwərT͟Hē/

adjective (worthier, worthiest)

1Deserving effort, attention, or respect: generous donations to worthy causes
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  • Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy action, deserving praise and imitation?
  • They were a pleasure to work with and it is great to see young people putting in a lot of time and effort for a very worthy cause.
  • The station and its shop will be offering visitors a cup of tea and a mince pie when they come along, in a fund-raising effort for this very worthy charity.
virtuous, righteous, good, moral, ethical, upright, upstanding, high-minded, principled, exemplary;
law-abiding, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, honest, honorable, reputable, decent, respectable, noble, meritorious;
pure, saintly, angelic
informal squeaky clean
1.1Having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way: issues worthy of further consideration
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  • But White's literary merit probably isn't what Marr discerns as the author's most appealing strength, the quality most worthy of copying.
  • Allemano and Carn are part of a younger generation of Toronto jazz musicians that are stepping up and are worthy to be heard alongside those in the Toronto establishment.
  • We sinned gravely and are not worthy to be called bishops.
1.2Good enough; suitable: no composer was considered worthy of the name until he had written an opera
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  • In my mind's eye, this was a sign that maybe I would be tempted to stray, and thus not worthy enough to get married.
  • It's a comic-relief part, but situated in a suitably worthy backdrop, and it affords the actress big moments of pathos as well.
  • They don't have to give awards in all 24 categories each year, or even have five nominees if they don't believe there are enough worthy candidates.
deserve, merit, warrant, rate, justify, earn, be entitled to, qualify for

noun (plural worthies)

often derogatory or humorous
A person notable or important in a particular sphere: schools governed by local worthies
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  • Indeed, Scott was among a number of literary worthies who celebrated the area in song and praised it in pen.
  • These rights were guarded jealously, and one of the most predictable sights of a new reign was the procession of local worthies petitioning the king for their confirmation.
  • Personally, I would like to see a lot more art recognising local worthies, not because I like to massage egos but because I would like to see a lot more local worthies doing things deemed worthy of such recognition.
dignitary, personage, VIP, notable, notability, pillar of society, luminary, leading light, big name, grandee
informal heavyweight, bigwig, top dog, big shot, big cheese, big wheel, big kahuna



Pronunciation: /ˈwərT͟Həlē/
Example sentences
  • She was no less enthusiastically received, quite worthily, for the rest of her spellbinding performance.
  • No words of mine could ever pay adequate tribute to Dan Dineen and to his magnificent ongoing efforts to raise funds for organisations that worthily deserve them.
  • Big Seamus and his charges pulled out all the stops when it really mattered, and they will worthily grace the 2004 senior championship.


Middle English: from worth + -y1.

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Syllabification: wor·thy

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