- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɜːði/
- (General American) enPR: wûr'thē, IPA(key): /ˈwɝði/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)ði
- Hyphenation: wor‧thy
From Middle English worthy, wurthi, from Old English *weorþiġ (“"worthy"”), equivalent to worth + -y. Cognate with Dutch waardig (“worthy”), Middle Low German werdig (“worthy”), German würdig (“worthy”), Swedish värdig (“worthy”), Icelandic verðugt (“worthy”).
- having worth, merit, or value
- c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iv]:
- These banished men that I have kept withal / Are men endued with worthy qualities
- c. 1626, John Davies, The Original, Nature, and Immortality of the Soul
- This worthy mind should worthy things embrace.
- Admirable or honourable.
- Deserving, or having sufficient worth.
- 1659, J[ohn] M[ilton], “To the Parlament of the Commonwealth of England with the Dominions therof”, in Considerations Touching the Likeliest Means to Remove Hirelings out of the Church. […], London: […] T[homas] N[ewcombe] for L[ivewell] Chapman […], OCLC 15690937:
- [I]t is a deed of higheſt charitie to help undeceive the people, and a vvork vvorthieſt your autoritie, in all things els authors, aſſertors and novv recoverers of our libertie, to deliver us, the only people of all Proteſtants left ſtill undeliverd, from the oppreſſions of a Simonious decimating clergie; […]
- Suited; suitable; befitting.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vi]:
- No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: […] [Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837:
- And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know / More happiness.
- 2022 January 12, Paul Bigland, “Fab Four: the nation's finest stations”, in RAIL, number 948, page 27:
- The station is clearly well looked after, making it a worthy gateway to the resort.
worthy (plural worthies)
- a distinguished or eminent person
- 1867, Journal of Agriculture (page 108)
- That worthy one day, in our absence, being caught in the act of culpable talpicide, was rebuked by his mistress for disobeying his master's orders.
- 1867, Journal of Agriculture (page 108)
From Middle English worthien, wurthien, from Old English weorþian (“to esteem, honor, worship, distinguish, celebrate, exalt, praise, adorn, deck, enrich, reward”), from Proto-Germanic *werþōną (“to be worthy, estimate, appreciate, appraise”), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with German werten (“to rate, judge, grade, score”), Swedish värdera (“to evaluate, rate, size up, assess, estimate”), Icelandic virða (“to respect, esteem”).
- (transitive) To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- And put upon him such a deal of man,
That worthied him, got praises of the king […]
- 1880, Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature:
- After having duly paid his addresses to it, he generally spends some time on the marble slab in front of the looking-glass, but without showing the slightest emotion at the sight of his own reflection, or worthying it with a song.
- 1908, Edward Arthur Brayley Hodgetts, The court of Russia in the nineteenth century:
- And it is a poor daub besides," the Emperor rejoined scornfully, as he stalked out of the gallery without worthying the artist with a look.
- 1910, Charles William Eliot, The Harvard classics: Beowulf:
- No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!
- English: worthy