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[wik-id] /ˈwɪk ɪd/
adjective, wickeder, wickedest.
evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous:
wicked people; wicked habits.
mischievous or playfully malicious:
These wicked kittens upset everything.
distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold:
a wicked winter.
unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly:
wicked prices; a wicked exam.
having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean:
a wicked horse.
spiteful; malevolent; vicious:
a wicked tongue.
extremely troublesome or dangerous:
wicked roads.
unpleasant; foul:
a wicked odor.
Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying:
He blows a wicked trumpet.
Slang. very; really; totally:
That shirt is wicked cool.
Origin of wicked
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.
1. unrighteous, ungodly, godless, impious, profane, blasphemous; immoral, profligate, corrupt, depraved, dissolute; heinous; infamous, villainous.
1. good, virtuous.
Synonym Study
1. See bad1. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wickeder
Historical Examples
  • On my conscience, it will push you hard to find a wickeder baste nor yourself.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • The fiercer they are the more she loves them, and the wickeder they are the more they love her.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Them contrasts make me miserabler than ever, an' I'm likely to get wickeder too.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • All the same, I think you are wickeder than me, Augusta, said Nan.

  • I can tell you a wickeder one than any you've discovered for yourself.

    Madame de Mauves Henry James
  • Have I not heard you often say, the wickeder any man was the better, provided he was what you call a believer?

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • Mary, wickeder than ever, stared through her spectacles down the road.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • My people are not wickeder than others, but for the moment they are sick and have no strength.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • Is the inference that the Latin peoples were wickeder than others?

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
  • You see the "Nation" took me at the age of 22—you were already older and wickeder.

British Dictionary definitions for wickeder


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



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.

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



  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

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