adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
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Origin of sorry
SYNONYMS FOR sorry
synonym study for sorry
historical usage of sorry
There is no etymological connection between sār, sārig and Old English sorh, sorg “care, anxiety” (English sorrow ), which is akin to German Sorge “care, anxiety.” But even in Old English times, there was the semantic connection of “suffering” between sār, sārig and sorh, sorg. The Middle English change of sārig to sōri, then to sori (the change of long o in sōri to the short o in sori is due to the influence of the noun sorrowe ), and the Middle English change of sorh, sorg to sorye, soro, sorrowe created a close formal resemblance between sārig (in one Middle English spelling sori ) and sorh, sorg (in the Middle English spellings sorye, soro, sorrowe ), and sorrow has influenced the meaning of sorry ever since.
OTHER WORDS FROM sorrysor·ri·ly, adverbsor·ri·ness, nounun·sor·ry, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for sorry
The poor debtor could not have bartered his honour for a sorrier bribe.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)|Alexander Pope
I never saw a woman I was sorrier for, though I think she wasn't married to the man that left her.The Money Master, Complete|Gilbert Parker
But you're right; I was sorry to send in my papers, and I've been sorrier since the day I did it.Nell, of Shorne Mills|Charles Garvice
And I am sorrier for the artist now than I used to be, because it is happening to me.The Jonathan Papers|Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
I'm sorrier than I can say, but there are lots of others worse off than you.Her Own Way|Clyde Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for sorry
adjective -rier or -riest
Derived forms of sorrysorrily, adverbsorriness, noun
Word Origin for sorry
Idioms and Phrases with sorry
see better safe than sorry.