Pronunciation: (wûr'&thslash;ē), [key]
—adj., -thi•er, -thi•est,
—n., pl. -thies.
1. having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.
2. of commendable excellence or merit; deserving: a book worthy of praise; a person worthy to lead.
a person of eminent worth, merit, or position: The town worthies included two doctors.
a combining form of worthy, occurring in adjectives that have the general sense “deserving of, fit for” (blameworthy; newsworthy; noteworthy; trustworthy), “capable of travel in or on” (airworthy; roadworthy; seaworthy), as specified by the first word of the compound.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.