Webster 1913 Edition
wurþ, n.; cf. Icel.
Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.
worthywas he in his lordes war.
These banished men that I have kept withal
Are men endued with
Are men endued with
Happier thou mayst be,
worthiercanst not be.
Sir J. Davies.
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,; entitled to; meriting; – usually in a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one.
worthyof, equal in excellence, value, or dignity to
No, Warwick, thou art
worthyof the sway.
The merciless Macdonwald,
Worthyto be a rebel.
Whose shoes I am not
Matt. iii. 11.
And thou art
worthythat thou shouldst not know
The lodging is well
worthyof the guest.
Of high station; of high social position.
Worthywomen of the town.
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.
A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; – much used in the plural;
worthiesof the church; political
The blood of ancient
worthiesin his veins.
To render worthy; to exalt into a hero.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Deserving; such as merits; having worth or excellence; equivalent; with of, before the thing deserved. She has married a man worthy of her.
Thou art worthy of the sway.
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies--Genesis 32.
2.Possessing worth or excellence of qualities; virtuous; estimable; as a worthy citizen; a worthy magistrate.
Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be.
This worthy mind should worthy things embrace.
3.Suitable; having qualities suited to; either in a good or bad sense; equal in value; as flowers worthy of paradise.
4.Suitable to any thing bad.
The merciless Macdonald, worthy to be a rebel.
5.Deserving of ill; as things worthy of stripes. Luke 12.