From Middle English thankworthy, thank-worthy, þankeworþi, probably an alteration (with -y) of earlier Middle English thanke worth, thankworth, þancwurðe (“thankworthy”), from Old English þancwyrþe, þancweorþ (“thankworthy, deserving thanks, acceptable”), equivalent to thank + -worthy. Cognate with German dankwürdig (“worthy of thanks”).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for thankworthy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)