Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Of sufficient worth for: creditworthy.
  • suffix Suitable or safe for: crashworthy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Of sufficient worth for; deserving of.
  • suffix Suitable or safe for; capable of enduring or able to bear; able to withstand.
  • suffix Able to be; fit to be; -able.
  • suffix Having the right, power, permission, or freedom to.

Etymologies

From worthy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Forget the lesbian girls: in this heteronormative culture, all a girl could care about are buff and "OMG"-worthy guys.

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  • Oh, don't worry, there'll be flirting, dates and hook-ups, but at its core, Free Agents will not have you swooning over "aww"-worthy moments.

    4 Reasons Why Free Agents Is an Anti-Romantic Comedy

  • Ron Schiller's performance on videotape—which included lecturing two young men pretending to be Muslims on how to select wine—is a "South Park"-worthy caricature of the American liberal as an effete, Volvo-driving, wine-sipping, NPR-listening dunderhead.

    Notable & Quotable

  • The blogger/casting director gushed to friends about the new layout of her blog with an infectious enthusiasm, much unlike Zoe, who lets her guard down in such a manner for only the most "I Die"-worthy moments.

    Emily Singer: Style.com Fetes Natalie Joos And The New 'Tales Of Endearment'

  • This was turning out to be a profitable trip to the post office, “whoa”-worthy check or no.

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  • On Thursday, a reader asked if the blog's popular feature of posting "Grey's Anatomy"-worthy injuries constituted a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA violation.

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