Jump to navigation Jump to search
- Not worthy; lacking value or merit; worthless.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- […] But alas the while!
If Hercules and Lichas play at dice
Which is the better man, the greater throw
May turn by the fortune from the weaker hand:
So is Alcides beaten by his page;
And so may I, blind Fortune leading me,
Miss that which one unworthier may attain,
And die with grieving.
- 1960 January, “New reading on railways”, in Trains Illustrated, page 26:
- AN HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE RAILWAYS OF THE BRITISH ISLES. By Ernest F. Carter. Cassell. 63s. [...] Such a disappointing work is embarrassing to the reviewer and unworthy of the great House of Cassell.
- Antonym: worthy
unworthy (plural unworthies)
- An inadequate person.