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[wurth-lis] /ˈwɜrθ lɪs/
without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing:
a worthless person; a worthless contract.
Origin of worthless
1580-90; worth1 + -less
Related forms
worthlessly, adverb
worthlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for worthless
  • The comments about how worthless this kind of research is trouble me on more than one level.
  • Whoever is in charge of making this complete national geographic software work is a worthless piece of garbage.
  • What makes all autobiographies worthless is, after all, their mendacity.
  • He simply stamps his contact information on essentially worthless currency from other countries.
  • As great as this headline is, the point its accompanying article makes is worthless.
  • He's managed to employ a lot of local people and restore value to previously worthless land, while producing a lot of chocolate.
  • Even if all financial instruments are not created equal, that's different from saying one is necessarily worthless.
  • It went to the west debris field and brought up the left engine and a boatload of worthless scraps.
  • Their air-defense batteries were virtually worthless.
  • Scientists realized that without testosterone the genetic blueprint for masculinity was essentially worthless.
British Dictionary definitions for worthless


without practical value or usefulness
without merit; good-for-nothing
Derived Forms
worthlessly, adverb
worthlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for worthless

1580s, from worth (1) + -less. Related: Worthlessly; worthlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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