worthy
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈwɜːði/
  • (America) enPR: wûr'thē, IPA: /ˈwɝði/

Adjective

worthy (comparative worthier, superlative worthiest)

  1. having worth, merit or value
    • c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iv]:
      These banished men that I have kept withal / Are men endued with worthy qualities
    • This worthy mind should worthy things embrace.
  2. honourable or admirable
  3. deserving, or having sufficient worth
  4. Suited; befitting.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vi]:
      No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
    • Bible, Matthew iii. 11
      […] whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
    • 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
      And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know / More happiness.
    • The lodging is well worthy of the guest.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: заслуживать

Noun

worthy (plural worthies)

  1. a distinguished or eminent person
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Verb

worthy (worthies, present participle worthying; past and past participle worthied)

  1. (transitive) To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
    • c. 1603-1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear
      And put upon him such a deal of man,
      That worthied him, got praises of the king […]
    • 1880, Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature:
      After having duly paid his addresses to it, he generally spends some time on the marble slab in front of the looking-glass, but without showing the slightest emotion at the sight of his own reflection, or worthying it with a song.
    • 1908, Edward Arthur Brayley Hodgetts, The court of Russia in the nineteenth century:
      And it is a poor daub besides," the Emperor rejoined scornfully, as he stalked out of the gallery without worthying the artist with a look.
    • 1910, Charles William Eliot, The Harvard classics: Beowulf:
      No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!

Worthy
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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