Hypertext Webster Gateway: "worthy"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Worthy \Wor"thy\, a. [Compar. {Worthier}; superl. {Worthiest.}]
[OE. worthi, wur[thorn]i, from worth, wur[thorn], n.; cf.
Icel. ver[eth]ugr, D. waardig, G. w["u]rdig, OHG. wird[=i]g.
See {Worth}, n.]
1. Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable;
deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.

Full worthy was he in his lordes war. --Chaucer.

These banished men that I have kept withal Are men
endued with worthy qualities. --Shak.

Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be.

This worthy mind should worthy things embrace. --Sir
J. Davies.

2. 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; as, worthy of, equal in excellence,
value, or dignity to; entitled to; meriting; -- usually in
a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one.

No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway. --Shak.

The merciless Macdonwald, Worthy to be a rebel.

Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. --Matt. iii.

And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know More
happiness. --Milton.

The lodging is well worthy of the guest. --Dryden.

3. Of high station; of high social position. [Obs.]

Worthy women of the town. --Chaucer.

{Worthiest of blood} (Eng. Law of Descent), most worthy of
those of the same blood to succeed or inherit; -- applied
to males, and expressive of the preference given them over
females. --Burrill.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Worthy \Wor"thy\, n.; pl. {Worthies}.
A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful
and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; --
much used in the plural; as, the worthies of the church;
political worthies; military worthies.

The blood of ancient worthies in his veins. --Cowper.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Worthy \Wor"thy\, v. t.
To render worthy; to exalt into a hero. [Obs.] --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having worth or merit or value; being honorable or
admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "no student deemed
worthy, and chosen for admission, would be kept out
for lack of funds"- Nathan Pusey; "worthy of acclaim";
"orthy of consideration"; "a worthy cause" [ant: {unworthy}]
2: worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse; "the parents
found the girl suitable for their son" [syn: {desirable},
3: meriting respect or esteem; "the worthy gentleman"
4: having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid
citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor" [syn:
{noble}, {solid}, {upstanding}]
5: morally admirable; "a worthy citizen"
n : word is often used humorously

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