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sorry

[sor-ee, sawr-ee] /ˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i/
adjective, sorrier, sorriest.
1.
feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.:
to be sorry to leave one's friends; to be sorry for a remark; to be sorry for someone in trouble.
2.
regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic:
a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
3.
sorrowful, grieved, or sad:
Was she sorry when her brother died?
4.
associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
5.
wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful:
a sorry horse.
interjection
6.
(used as a conventional apology or expression of regret):
Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
Origin of sorry
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sārig; cognate with Low German sērig, Old High German sērag. See sore, -y1
Related forms
sorrily, adverb
sorriness, noun
unsorry, adjective
Synonyms
1. regretful, sympathetic, pitying. 3. unhappy, depressed, sorrowing. 4. grievous, mournful, painful. 5. abject, contemptible, paltry, worthless, shabby. See wretched.
Antonyms
1. happy.
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Examples from the Web for sorrier
Historical Examples
  • Christmas drew on, but never was a sorrier season kept by soldiers of France.

  • If Dorian Gray's life were spoiled, no one would be sorrier than yourself.

  • Harris woke again, but did not complain, and I was sorrier than ever.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • But no one is sorrier than the bishop himself when he blunders.

    Heart of Gold Ruth Alberta Brown
  • If he did, I am sorrier still, for I am sure it was a good one!

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • I'm sorry I've lost my post here, but I'd be sorrier to have lost her.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • And sorrier to think of Henry de Spain getting killed that way.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • I am very sorry to leave him, and sorrier that I have not heard what he was so eager to tell me.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The witnesses were examined and cross-examined, and the longer the process lasted the sorrier was the spectacle they presented.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • But you're right; I was sorry to send in my papers, and I've been sorrier since the day I did it.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
British Dictionary definitions for sorrier

sorry

/ˈsɒrɪ/
adjective -rier, -riest
1.
(usually postpositive) often foll by for. feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regret: I feel sorry for him
2.
pitiful, wretched, or deplorable: a sorry sight
3.
poor; paltry: a sorry excuse
4.
affected by sorrow; sad
5.
causing sorrow or sadness
interjection
6.
an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
Derived Forms
sorrily, adverb
sorriness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see sore
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Word Origin and History for sorrier

sorry

adj.

Old English sarig "distressed, grieved, full of sorrow" (not found in the physical sense of "sore"), from Proto-Germanic *sairiga- "painful" (cf. Old Saxon serag, Middle Dutch seerigh "sore; sad, sorry," Dutch zeerig "sore, full of sores," Old High German serag, Swedish sårig "sore, full of sores"), from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (see sore (adj.)). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart." Related: Sorrily; sorriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sorrier

sorry

adjective

Wretched; worthless; inferior; half-assed: this one kid, and he was a sorry shit/ The reputation of the Barclay has been one of sorry-ass service/ One more sorry-ass useless killing (entry form 1250+, variant 1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with sorrier
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