Definition of worthless in US English:

worthless

adjective

  • 1Having no real value or use.

    ‘that promise is worthless’
    • ‘Shareholders in both firms have seen their investments become almost worthless.’
    • ‘If real, they are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds; if fake, they are worthless.’
    • ‘How can something so valuable to one group of people be so worthless to the next?’
    • ‘Damaged or damp-affected examples are worthless as they are unrestorable.’
    • ‘Inflation made the official currency worthless, so people resorted to barter.’
    • ‘How are we supposed to feel a sense of accomplishment and achievement when our superiors deem these successes worthless?’
    • ‘And although many of us see the little copper coin as worthless and would like to see it go, charities disagree.’
    • ‘With both companies shedding hundreds of jobs, their shares looked increasingly worthless as the week came to a close.’
    • ‘The bags also contained cheques, which have now been cancelled and rendered worthless.’
    • ‘But talent is worthless if it is not combined with hard work, commitment and team spirit.’
    • ‘But all that effort was rendered worthless by a council official's mistake.’
    • ‘Change also means that what we do today may be worthless tomorrow, but we have to accept that because we are in fashion.’
    • ‘A car seller was duped out of nearly £10,000 by a buyer with a worthless forged banker's draft.’
    • ‘But they later learned the shares could not be sold for a year, by which time they were worthless.’
    • ‘As borrowers defaulted, the banks found themselves with a lot of worthless loan portfolios.’
    • ‘Next time you fill a bin with worthless glass bottles ask yourself who is benefiting from your efforts.’
    • ‘The farmers received about a quarter of what their animals had been worth, as the meat was worthless.’
    • ‘How could he put a value on something that he believed to be worthless?’
    • ‘Foreign companies don't like being paid in internationally worthless local money.’
    • ‘He knew that the days of being able to con thousands of people into paying for his worthless courses were over.’
    valueless, of little value, of no value, of little worth, of no worth, without value, of little financial value, of no financial value, meritless
    useless, no use, of no benefit, to no avail, futile, ineffective, ineffectual, fruitless, unproductive, unavailing, pointless, nugatory, valueless, inadequate, deficient, defective, inferior, unsatisfactory, meaningless, senseless, insubstantial, empty, hollow, silly, banal, trifling, petty, inconsequential, lame, paltry, pathetic, piddling
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) having no good qualities; deserving contempt.
      ‘Joan had been deserted by a worthless husband’
      • ‘He looks down on himself as an old worthless man that's wasting away his last few years.’
      • ‘What should we do when people say their lives are meaningless and worthless and they want to die?’
      • ‘There would be no one that would ever beat him again, or tell him he was worthless.’
      • ‘I have to say that when you are told that you are worthless again and again, you do start to believe it after a while.’
      • ‘He continued to employ a certain worthless, incompetent clerk named Robert Crachitt.’
      • ‘One exercise ably demonstrated that if we feel miserable and worthless then that's how we will be.’
      • ‘He knew what the Duke was thinking and it made him feel worthless.’
      • ‘She has a severe inferiority complex and believes herself to be completely worthless.’
      • ‘Devan woke up later that night and rolled to her side, feeling completely and utterly worthless.’
      • ‘They all lack real hope in the future, see no point in looking for tomorrow, and believe that they are worthless.’
      • ‘His decline was rooted in fear, too, the fear that he was somehow worthless once the title had gone.’
      • ‘Many people have been told they are worthless or that it is impossible for them to change.’
      • ‘People pretend she's not there, she doesn't exist - can you imagine how worthless that would make you feel?’
      • ‘She felt she was worthless beyond words, unable to help her friends out of this.’
      • ‘An example of emotional abuse is if your parents constantly say you are worthless and they wish you had never been born.’
      • ‘I basically felt pretty worthless and there wasn't a lot left in me.’
      • ‘Finally, recruiters told him he was worthless and asked him make his own way home.’
      • ‘Without her I would not have developed as a person, would still be convinced that I am worthless.’
      • ‘He was sad and tearful most of the time, wanting to resign his job as he felt he was worthless.’
      • ‘He was well known as a worthless man and was picked on whenever he was spotted.’
      good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, useless, despicable, contemptible, base, low, vile, abject, debased, degraded, ignominious, mean, corrupt, villainous, depraved, degenerate, wretched, miserable, sorry, shiftless, feckless, incompetent
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Pronunciation

worthless

/ˈwərθləs//ˈwərTHləs/