adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
Origin of sorry
Examples from the Web for sorriness
Perhaps if I told him I knew how wicked I was, the sorriness would come later.Tabitha at Ivy Hall|Ruth Alberta Brown
His voice was thick with sorriness, and he could hardly get the words out.Outa Karel's Stories|Sanni Metelerkamp
An odd feeling of sorriness for her step-mother came over Joan.Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
And her sorriness held her heart warm, in the glow of giving comfort.The Fortieth Door|Mary Hastings Bradley
But she did not tell them of the sorriness of her situation: it might have brought reproach upon him.Tess of the d'Urbervilles|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for sorriness
adjective -rier or -riest
Word Origin for sorry
Word Origin and History for sorriness
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 sorriness
see better safe than sorry.