Partly from worthy (combining form), and partly continuing Middle English -wurthe (“-able”), from Old English -wierþe (“-able”), from Proto-Germanic *werþijaz (“worthy”), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, bend”). Cognate with Dutch -waardig (“-worthy”), German -würdig (“-worthy”).
- Of sufficient worth for; deserving of.
- Suitable or safe for; capable of enduring or able to bear; able to withstand.
- Able to be; fit to be; -able.
- Having the right, power, permission, or freedom to.