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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 sorriest
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  • He has the sorriest people all around him that you ever saw.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Who is so green, so soft, so foolishly the victim of the sorriest sharper as this man?

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • It was the sorriest travesty of similar scenes in a politer world.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins
  • They say that's the sorriest gash in the ground that ever happened.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • But it was Father Peter, the other priest, that we all loved best and were sorriest for.

  • They are the sorriest beasts that breathe—the most abject—the most pitiful.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We know that she rode the sorriest horse, and wore the roughest gown.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • Wise was the sorriest looking general I saw at the surrender.

    A Boy Trooper With Sheridan Stanton P. Allen
  • Oh, those I am sorriest for—that no one else helps—the genteel ones, if I can only get at them.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
British Dictionary definitions for sorriest

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 sorriest

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 sorriest

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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