adjective, worthier, worthiest.
having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.
of commendable excellence or merit; deserving: a book worthy of praise; a person worthy to lead.
noun, plural worthies.
a person of eminent worth, merit, or position: The town worthies included two doctors.

1175–1225; Middle English; see worth1, -y1

worthily, adverb
worthiness, noun
preworthily, adverb
preworthiness, noun
preworthy, adjective

2. meritorious, worthwhile, estimable, excellent, exemplary, righteous, upright, honorable. Unabridged
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worthy (ˈwɜːðɪ)
adj , -thier, -thiest
1.  (postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving
2.  having worth, value, or merit
n , -thier, -thiest, -thies
3.  facetious often a person of distinguished character, merit, or importance

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mid-13c., "having merit," from worth (1). Attested from c.1300 as a noun meaning "person of merit" (esp. in Nine Worthies, famous men of history and legend: Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus, Hector, Alexander, Julius Cæsar, Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon
-- three Jews, three gentiles, three Christians).
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