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wicked

[wik-id] /ˈwɪk ɪd/
adjective, wickeder, wickedest.
1.
evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous:
wicked people; wicked habits.
2.
mischievous or playfully malicious:
These wicked kittens upset everything.
3.
distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold:
a wicked winter.
4.
unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly:
wicked prices; a wicked exam.
5.
having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean:
a wicked horse.
6.
spiteful; malevolent; vicious:
a wicked tongue.
7.
extremely troublesome or dangerous:
wicked roads.
8.
unpleasant; foul:
a wicked odor.
9.
Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying:
He blows a wicked trumpet.
adverb
10.
Slang. very; really; totally:
That shirt is wicked cool.
Origin of wicked
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English wikked, equivalent to wikke bad (representing adj. use of Old English wicca wizard; cf. witch) + -ed -ed3
Related forms
wickedly, adverb
quasi-wicked, adjective
quasi-wickedly, adverb
unwicked, adjective
unwickedly, adverb
Can be confused
wicca, wicked.
Synonyms
1. unrighteous, ungodly, godless, impious, profane, blasphemous; immoral, profligate, corrupt, depraved, dissolute; heinous; infamous, villainous.
Antonyms
1. good, virtuous.
Synonym Study
1. See bad1.

wick1

[wik] /wɪk/
noun
1.
a bundle or loose twist or braid of soft threads, or a woven strip or tube, as of cotton or asbestos, which in a candle, lamp, oil stove, cigarette lighter, or the like, serves to draw up the melted tallow or wax or the oil or other flammable liquid to be burned.
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English wicke, weke, Old English wice, wēoc(e); cognate with Middle Dutch wiecke, Middle Low German wêke, Old High German wiohha lint, wick (German Wieke lint); akin to Sanskrit vāgura noose
Related forms
wickless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wicked
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  • Such conduct is as wicked and dangerous to the state as any that can be conceived.

  • She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • These can be acquired only by "mixing with the world," no matter how wicked the world is.

  • "The wicked part is that I want to go with him," she finished.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In that sweet instant, call it wicked or not, I was glad that Darmstetter was dead!

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for wicked

wicked

/ˈwɪkɪd/
adjective
1.
  1. morally bad in principle or practice
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the wicked
2.
mischievous or roguish, esp in a playful way: a wicked grin
3.
causing injury or harm
4.
troublesome, unpleasant, or offensive
5.
(slang) very good
Derived Forms
wickedly, adverb
wickedness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from dialect wick, from Old English wicca sorcerer, wiccewitch1

wick1

/wɪk/
noun
1.
a cord or band of loosely twisted or woven fibres, as in a candle, cigarette lighter, etc, that supplies fuel to a flame by capillary action
2.
(Brit, slang) get on someone's wick, to cause irritation to a person
Derived Forms
wicking, noun
Word Origin
Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)

wick2

/wɪk/
noun
1.
(archaic) a village or hamlet
Word Origin
Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos

wick3

/wɪk/
adjective (Northern English, dialect)
1.
lively or active
2.
alive or crawling: a dog wick with fleas
Word Origin
dialect variant of quick alive

Wick

/wɪk/
noun
1.
a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for wicked
adj.

late 13c., earlier wick (12c.), apparently an adjectival use of Old English wicca "wizard" (see wicca). For evolution, cf. wretched from wretch. Slang ironic sense of "wonderful" first attested 1920, in F. Scott Fitzgerald.

wick

n.1

"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," Old English weoce, from West Germanic *weukon (cf. Middle Dutch wieke, Dutch wiek, Old High German wiohha, German Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in reference to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick, rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (n.2).

wick

n.2

"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common Old English wic "dwelling place, lodging, abode," then coming to mean "village, hamlet, town," and later "dairy farm" (e.g. Gatwick "Goat-farm"). Common in this latter sense 13c.-14c. The word is a general Germanic borrowing from Latin vicus "group of dwellings, village; a block of houses, a street, a group of streets forming an administrative unit" (see vicinity). Cf. Old High German wih "village," German Weichbild "municipal area," Dutch wijk "quarter, district," Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic "village."

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Slang definitions & phrases for wicked

wicked

adjective

  1. Impressive; prodigious; mean: He can shake a wicked spatula/ Look at the wicked bat he swings!
  2. Excellent; wonderful; bad, great (1920+)

Related Terms

shake a wicked calf

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