American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having worth, merit, or value; useful or valuable.
- adj. Honorable; admirable: a worthy fellow.
- adj. Having sufficient worth; deserving: worthy to be revered; worthy of acclaim.
- n. An eminent or distinguished person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having worth; of high standing or degree; honorable; worshipful; excellent; deserving of honor, respect, praise, mention, attention, or the like; valuable; noble; estimable; virtuous; meritorious: noting persons and things.
- Of high rank or social station.
- Deserving; meriting: sometimes followed by of before the thing merited or deserved, sometimes by an accusative directly, and sometimes by an infinitive.
- In keeping with the standing, character, dignity, etc. (of); fit; fitted; proper; suited; suitable: with of, for, or an infinitive clause.
- n. A person of eminent worth; one distinguished for serviceable and estimable qualities: as, Fuller's “History of the Worthies of England.”
- n. A local celebrity; a character; an eccentric: as, a village worthy.
- n. Anything of worth or excellence.
- To render worthy; exalt.
- adj. having worth, merit, or value
- adj. honourable or admirable
- adj. deserving, or having sufficient worth
- n. a distinguished or eminent person
- v. transitive To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.
- adj. Having suitable, adapted, or equivalent qualities or value; -- usually with
ofbefore the thing compared or the object; more rarely, with a following infinitive instead of of, or with that; ; entitled to; meriting; -- usually in a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one.
- adj. obsolete Of high station; of high social position.
- n. A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; -- much used in the plural.
- v. obsolete To render worthy; to exalt into a hero.
- n. an important, honorable person (word is often used humorously)
- adj. having qualities or abilities that merit recognition in some way
- adj. worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
- adj. having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
- From Middle English worthien, wurthien, from Old English weorþian ("to esteem, honor, worship, distinguish, celebrate, exalt, praise, adorn, deck, enrich, reward"), from Proto-Germanic *werþōnan (“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"). (Wiktionary)
“_unworthy_, and dignor, _deem worthy of_; as, -- dignī honōre, _worthy of honor (i.e. in point of honor_); fidē indignī, _unworthy of confidence_; mē dignor honōre, _I deem myself worthy of honor_.”
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