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.
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.
(postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving