What does worthless mean?

Definitions for worthless
ˈwɜrθ lɪsworth·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worthlessadjective

    lacking in usefulness or value

    "a worthless idler"

  2. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretchedadjective

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"


  1. worthlessadjective

    Not having worth and use, without value, inconsequential.

  2. Etymology: From *, from weorþleas, equivalent to. Cognate with waardeloos, wertlos, värdelös.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Worthlessadjective

    Etymology: from worth.

    You, his false hopes, the trust of England’s honour,
    Keep off aloof with worthless emulation. William Shakespeare.

    A little time will melt her frozen thoughts,
    And worthless Valentine shall be forgot. William Shakespeare.

    On Laura’s lap you lay,
    Chiding the worthless crowd away. Wentworth Dillon.

    My anxious pains we all the day,
    In search of what we like, employ:
    Scorning at night the worthless prey,
    We find the labour gave the joy. Matthew Prior.

    Am I then doom’d to fall
    By a boy’s hand? and for a worthless woman? Addison.


  1. worthless

    Worthless refers to anything that has no value, usefulness, or worth. It can be used to describe objects, efforts, or even behaviors that are deemed insignificant, unproductive, irrelevant, or without any benefit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worthlessadjective

    destitute of worth; having no value, virtue, excellence, dignity, or the like; undeserving; valueless; useless; vile; mean; as, a worthless garment; a worthless ship; a worthless man or woman; a worthless magistrate

  2. Etymology: [AS. weorles.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worthless in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worthless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of worthless in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    It's not enough to celebrate the ideals that we're built on, liberty and justice and equality for all. Those just can't be words on paper, the work of every generation is to make those words mean something, concrete in the lives of our children. And we won't get there as long as kids in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York or Appalachia or the Mississippi delta or the Pine Ridge reservation believe that their lives are somehow worthless.

  2. Caecilius Statius:

    Grant us a brief delay impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.

  3. Sinclair Lewis:

    Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.

  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    There is no such thing as a worthless book though there are some far worse than worthless; no book that is not worth preserving, if its existence may be tolerated; as there may be some men whom it may be proper to hang, but none should be suffered to starve.

  5. Meryem Dolgun:

    When they arrive in a different country they have difficulties living in a different culture, in a world speaking a different language, they have self-confidence problems, fear. Some think they are worthless.

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