Definitions for: Worthy


[n] word is often used humorously
[adj] worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse; "the parents found the girl suitable for their son"
[adj] morally admirable; "a worthy citizen"
[adj] having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor"
[adj] meriting respect or esteem; "the worthy gentleman"
[adj] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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[=i]g.
See Worth, n.]
1. Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable;
deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.

Full worthy was he in his lordes war. --Chaucer.

These banished men that I have kept withal Are men
endued with worthy qualities. --Shak.

Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be.
--Milton.

This worthy mind should worthy things embrace. --Sir
J. Davies.

2. 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.

No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway. --Shak.

The merciless Macdonwald, Worthy to be a rebel.
--Shak.

Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. --Matt. iii.
11.

And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know More
happiness. --Milton.

The lodging is well worthy of the guest. --Dryden.

3. Of high station; of high social position. [Obs.]

Worthy women of the town. --Chaucer.

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.


Wor"thy, n.; pl. Worthies.
A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful
and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; --
much used in the plural; as, the worthies of the church;
political worthies; military worthies.

The blood of ancient worthies in his veins. --Cowper.


Wor"thy, v. t.
To render worthy; to exalt into a hero. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: applaudable, commendable, creditable, cum laude, deserving(p), desirable, eligible, exemplary, good, honorable, honored, honourable, honoured, laudable, magna cum laude, meritable, meriting(p), meritorious, model(a), noble, notable, noteworthy, praiseworthy, quotable, respectable, sacred, solid, suitable, summa cum laude, upstanding, valuable, worth(p), worthful, worthwhile

Antonyms: unworthy

See Also: estimable, important person, influential person, personage, righteous

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