adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
Origin of sorry
Examples from the Web for sorrily
When a man has crossed the water-shed of forty, his power of recuperation is sorrily reduced.Sonia Married|Stephen McKenna
It is thus that ideals die; not in the conventional pageantry of honoured death, but sorrily, ignobly, while one's head is turned.Personality in Literature|Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Of these, the Brunswickers and Hanoverians behaved very well; the Belgians but sorrily enough.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)|John Gibson Lockhart
What had been so basely striven for was sorrily won at last.The Inn at the Red Oak|Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for sorrily
adjective -rier or -riest
Word Origin for sorry
Word Origin and History for sorrily
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.
Idioms and Phrases with sorrily
see better safe than sorry.