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Worthy \Wor"thy\, a. [Compar. Worthier; superl. Worthiest.] [OE. worthi, wur[thorn]i, from worth, wur[thorn], n.; cf. Icel. ver[eth]ugr, D. waardig, G. w["u]rdig, OHG. wird[imac]g. See Worth, n.] [1913 Webster]
Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous. [1913 Webster] Full worthy was he in his lordes war. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] These banished men that I have kept withal Are men endued with worthy qualities. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be. --Milton. [1913 Webster] This worthy mind should worthy things embrace. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]
Having suitable, adapted, or equivalent qualities or value; -- usually with of before the thing compared or the object; more rarely, with a following infinitive instead of of, or with that; as, worthy of, equal in excellence, value, or dignity to; entitled to; meriting; -- usually in a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one. [1913 Webster] No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The merciless Macdonwald, Worthy to be a rebel. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. --Matt. iii.
[1913 Webster] And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know More happiness. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The lodging is well worthy of the guest. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
Of high station; of high social position. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Worthy women of the town. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Worthiest of blood (Eng. Law of Descent), most worthy of those of the same blood to succeed or inherit; -- applied to males, and expressive of the preference given them over females. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

worthy adj
1 having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "no student deemed worthy, and chosen for admission, would be kept out for lack of funds"- Nathan Pusey; "worthy of acclaim"; "orthy of consideration"; "a worthy cause" [ant: unworthy]
2 worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse; "the parents found the girl suitable for their son" [syn: desirable, suitable]
3 meriting respect or esteem; "the worthy gentleman"
4 having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor" [syn: noble, solid, upstanding]
5 morally admirable; "a worthy citizen" n : word is often used humorously [also: worthiest, worthier]
worthiest See worthy



  1. superlative of worthy
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