- 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 sorrily
What had been so basely striven for was sorrily won at last.The Inn at the Red Oak
Of these, the Brunswickers and Hanoverians behaved very well; the Belgians but sorrily enough.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
When a man has crossed the water-shed of forty, his power of recuperation is sorrily reduced.Sonia Married
It is thus that ideals die; not in the conventional pageantry of honoured death, but sorrily, ignobly, while one's head is turned.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
- (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 sorrily
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.