from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having worth, merit, or value
- adj. honourable or admirable
- adj. deserving, or having sufficient worth
- n. a distinguished or eminent person
- v. To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.
- adj. Having suitable, adapted, or equivalent qualities or value; -- usually with of before 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. 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.
- transitive v. To render worthy; to exalt into a hero.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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 worthy, wurthi, from Old English *weorþiġ ((not found); "worthy"), equivalent to worth + -y. Cognate with Dutch waardig ("worthy"), Middle Low German werdig ("worthy"), German würdig ("worthy"), Swedish värdig ("worthy"), Icelandic verðugt ("worthy"). (Wiktionary)
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)