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From Middle English worthely, wurthlich, from Old English weorþlīċ (important, valuable, splendid, worthy, estimable, honorable, distinguished, exalted, fit, becoming), from Proto-Germanic *werþalīkaz (worthy), equivalent to worth +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Frisian werdelik, Old Saxon werthlīk, Old High German werdlīh.


worthly (comparative worthlier or more worthly, superlative worthliest or most worthly)

  1. Having great worth or value; valuable; important; dignified; stately; excellent; worthy; deserving (of).
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      It is not good to be alone, to walk here in this worthly wone.
    • 1918, American Institute of Mining Engineers, Engineering and mining journal:
      I hope that the few details set down here will induce more worthly contributions along the same line.
    • 1920, Frank H. Lancaster, Ernest F. Birmingham, The Fourth estate:
      The enactment and enforcement of laws and the education of advertiser and advertising medium, toward the end that people will have greater confidence in advertising from the fact that advertising will be more worthly of public confidence.
    • 2008, Norman Daniels, Just health: meeting health needs fairly:
      If they are of equal worth, and that is the basis for equal treatment, then some people should not be considered more worthly simply because they have some trait, such as training, that allows them to make an additional social contribution [...]

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