I UK [ˈwɜː(r)ðɪ] / US [ˈwɜrðɪ] adjective
Word forms "worthy":
adjective worthy comparative worthier superlative worthiest
1) formal deserving something
worthy of:

He had shown himself to be worthy of their respect.

be worthy of note/attention/consideration etc:

The committee is voting on one or two initiatives that are worthy of attention.

be worthy of support/admiration/praise etc:

Local councillors decided the plan was worthy of support.

a) a worthy person or thing has qualities that make people respect them

a worthy winner/champion/opponent

a worthy aim/objective

worthy cause (= an activity or organization that helps people):

The money will go to a worthy cause.

b) used in a negative way to say that someone or something has good qualities but is boring

Saturday evening viewers want programming that is a little less worthy.

Derived word:
II UK [ˈwɜː(r)ðɪ] / US [ˈwɜrðɪ] noun [countable]
Word forms "worthy":
singular worthy plural worthies formal
an important and respected person in a community. This word is often used about people whom you dislike because they think they are very important

The schools were set up and governed by local worthies.

English dictionary. 2014.

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