Worthy vs Sterling - What's the difference?

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Worthy is a related term of sterling.

As an adjective worthy

is having worth, merit or value.

As a noun worthy

is a distinguished or eminent person.

As a verb worthy

is to render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.

As a proper noun sterling is

a scottish surname, variant of stirling.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) worthy, wurthi, from (etyl) *.


  • having worth, merit or value
  • * Shakespeare
  • These banished men that I have kept withal / Are men endued with worthy qualities.
  • * Sir J. Davies
  • This worthy' mind should ' worthy things embrace.
  • honourable or admirable
  • deserving, or having sufficient worth
  • Suited; befitting.
  • * Shakespeare
  • No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
  • * Bible, Matthew iii. 11
  • whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
  • * Milton
  • And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know / More happiness.
  • * Dryden
  • The lodging is well worthy of the guest.
    Derived terms
    * worthily * worthiness


  • a distinguished or eminent person
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) worthien, wurthien, from (etyl) .


  • To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
  • And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...]'' — Shakespeare, ''King Lear .
  • * 1880 , Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature :
  • After having duly paid his addresses to it, he generally spends some time on the marble slab in front of the looking-glass, but without showing the slightest emotion at the sight of his own reflection, or worthying it with a song.
  • * 1908 , Edward Arthur Brayley Hodgetts, The court of Russia in the nineteenth century :
  • And it is a poor daub besides," the Emperor rejoined scornfully, as he stalked out of the gallery without worthying the artist with a look.
  • * 1910 , Charles William Eliot, The Harvard classics: Beowulf :
  • No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!
    Derived terms
    * (l) * (l) ----



  • The currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“… among the objects stolen was the famous parure of Black Diamonds, for which a bid of half a million sterling had just been made and accepted. […]”}}
  • Former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.
  • * S. M. Leake
  • Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second's reign.
  • Sterling silver, or articles made from this material.
  • A structure of pilings that protects the piers of a bridge; a starling.
  • Adjective

  • of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage.
  • of, relating to, or made from sterling silver.
  • Of acknowledged worth or influence; high quality; authoritative.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2014 , date=December 13 , author=Mandeep Sanghera , title=Burnley 1-0 Southampton , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Southampton had been hoping to get back to winning ways to prove to their critics there was substance to their sterling start to the season.}}
  • Genuine; true; pure; of great value or excellence.
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