1 [only before noun]
deserving respect from people:
Leeds United were worthy winners of the competition.
a worthy opponent
to deserve to be thought about or treated in a particular way:
A couple of other books are worthy of mention.
a teacher who is worthy of respect
to be as good as something that a particular person would do:
a goal that was worthy of any of the great footballers of the world
used humorously to say that you consider it a great honour to be with someone because they are famous, or much more skilful at doing something than you are
trying to help other people:
The money will go to a worthy cause.
I'm sure his motives were worthy.