- 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.
- regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic: a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
- sorrowful, grieved, or sad: Was she sorry when her brother died?
- associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
- wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful: a sorry horse.
- (used as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
Origin of sorry
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Examples from the Web for sorrier
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
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
And sorrier to think of Henry de Spain getting killed that way.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
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
If Dorian Gray's life were spoiled, no one would be sorrier than yourself.The Picture of Dorian Gray
- (usually postpositive often foll by for) feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regretI feel sorry for him
- pitiful, wretched, or deplorablea sorry sight
- poor; paltrya sorry excuse
- affected by sorrow; sad
- causing sorrow or sadness
- an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
Word Origin and History for sorrier
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.