Definition of worthy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɜːði//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrði//
    (worthier, worthiest)
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  1. 1worthy (of somebody/something) (formal) having the qualities that deserve somebody/something to be worthy of attention A number of the report's findings are worthy of note. No composer was considered worthy of the name until he had written an opera. a worthy champion (= one who deserved to win) He felt he was not worthy of her. opposite unworthy
  2. 2[usually before noun] having qualities that deserve your respect, attention or admiration synonym deserving The money we raise will be going to a very worthy cause. a worthy member of the team
  3. 3having good qualities but not very interesting or exciting her worthy but dull husband
  4. 4worthy of somebody/something typical of what a particular person or thing might do, give, etc. He gave a speech that was worthy of Martin Luther King.
  5. 5-worthy (in compounds) deserving, or suitable for, the thing mentioned trustworthy roadworthy
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from worth + -y.Extra examples The matter is hardly worthy of the managing director’s time. We thought it was a worthy enough objective. a morally worthy action A number of the report’s findings are worthy of note. He’s a very worthy man, I suppose, but he’s very dull. In Mason we have a worthy new champion. Several of our members are worthy of particular mention. She felt she was not worthy to be on the stage with all these glamorous people. The money we raise will be going to a very worthy cause. Very few of his ideas are worthy of further attention.
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