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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 wickedest
Historical Examples
  • Most creatures, even the wickedest, are at times surprised into moments of bonhommie.

    The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
  • And the lightest desire can be sin, as well as the wickedest deed.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • He was of opinion that they might soon gratify their curiosity, and see the last crowning iniquity of this wickedest of old women.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
  • And will not he who has been shown to be the wickedest, be also the most miserable?

    The Republic Plato
  • The wickedest fires in the world would die out if there were not some idle hands to fan them.

  • The wickedest, cruelest man in the bunch––and the best shot.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • They've got the idea that Paris is one of the wickedest places on earth, and they want to see it.

    Behind the Beyond Stephen Leacock
  • I suppose it's the wickedest country that ever was in the world.

    Baddeck and That Sort of Thing Charles Dudley Warner
  • It was the wickedest, as it was the foulest, spot in all the city.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • She put him to proof, for the chance of arming her wickedest to despise him.

British Dictionary definitions for wickedest


  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 wickedest



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 wickedest



  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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