adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
SYNONYMS FOR sorry
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Origin of sorry
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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
How to use sorry in a sentence
Yes, of course I was sorry for Mataafa, but a good deal sorrier and angrier about the mismanagement of all the white officials.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
It would be difficult to imagine a sorrier-looking place than the one that confronted us upon arrival.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail|Ezra Meeker
Here comes our team, and I must say a sorrier set of screws never tugged in a rope harness.A Rent In A Cloud|Charles James Lever
The more I realize it, the sorrier I feel for my poor brother.The Vanishing of Betty Varian|Carolyn Wells
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
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.