- feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.: to be sorry to leave one's friends; to be sorry for a remark; to be sorry for someone in trouble.
- regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic: a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
- sorrowful, grieved, or sad: Was she sorry when her brother died?
- associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
- wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful: a sorry horse.
- (used as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
Origin of sorry
Synonyms for sorry
Antonyms for sorry
Related Words for sorriestapologetic, touched, contrite, bad, sorrowful, pitiful, unhappy, distressing, miserable, dismal, sad, conscience-stricken, penitent, repentant, shamefaced, compunctious, penitential, attritional, disconsolate, distressed
Examples from the Web for sorriest
Contemporary Examples of sorriest
Visit an animal shelter, pick out the sorriest mutt you can find, and then put it down.A Field Guide to Valentine’s Day Office Etiquette
February 13, 2014
Historical Examples of sorriest
He has the sorriest people all around him that you ever saw.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
Who is so green, so soft, so foolishly the victim of the sorriest sharper as this man?The Bertrams
It was the sorriest travesty of similar scenes in a politer world.The Convert
They say that's the sorriest gash in the ground that ever happened.The Eagle's Heart
But it was Father Peter, the other priest, that we all loved best and were sorriest for.
- (usually postpositive often foll by for) feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regretI feel sorry for him
- pitiful, wretched, or deplorablea sorry sight
- poor; paltrya sorry excuse
- affected by sorrow; sad
- causing sorrow or sadness
- an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
Word Origin for sorry
Old English sarig "distressed, grieved, full of sorrow" (not found in the physical sense of "sore"), from Proto-Germanic *sairiga- "painful" (cf. Old Saxon serag, Middle Dutch seerigh "sore; sad, sorry," Dutch zeerig "sore, full of sores," Old High German serag, Swedish sårig "sore, full of sores"), from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (see sore (adj.)). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart." Related: Sorrily; sorriness.
see better safe than sorry.