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Does "table worthy" mean something that is good enough to be put on the table? Thank you!

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The suffix -worthy is a fairly productive suffix. It can create new words with the meaning "deserving of", or "suitable for".

So by analogy with words like "creditworthy" (deserving of credit) and "seaworthy" (suitable for the sea) you can have ad hoc words like "tableworthy" which would mean "suitable for, or deserving of being on the table". Or more specifically in this context, "deserving of being part of a Thanksgiving meal"

see English terms suffixed with -worthy (and feel free to create "tableworthy" if you have the time.)

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Yes. Here, it also means more...

-worthy (suffix)

-worthy is used to form adjectives with the meaning "deserving of, fit for":

news + -worthy → newsworthy (= fit for the news);

trust + -worthy → trustworthy.

So, tableworthy is a formed adjective via the -worthy suffix. It means deserving of being served at the table.

But, to explain the meaning in detail, you have another pattern at work with this word:

As … as (adjective pattern)

We use as + adjective/adverb + as to make comparisons when the things we are comparing are equal in some way:

The world’s biggest bull is as big as a small elephant.

The as [adjective] as adjective here uses your word tableworthy.

as tableworthy as your turkey

A Thanksgiving turkey is the pinnacle, most celebrated, central dish at the table. If one were to server bread as tableworthy as your turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner, that must be amazing bread!

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