adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
Origin of sorry
Synonyms for sorry
Antonyms for sorry
Related Words for sorrinessregret, penitence, sorrow, contrition, grief, guilt, remorse, conscience, compunction, rue, contriteness, attrition, ruth, self-reproach
Examples from the Web for sorriness
Historical Examples of sorriness
An odd feeling of sorriness for her step-mother came over Joan.Why Joan?
Eleanor Mercein Kelly
His voice was thick with sorriness, and he could hardly get the words out.Outa Karel's Stories
And her sorriness held her heart warm, in the glow of giving comfort.The Fortieth Door
Mary Hastings Bradley
Perhaps if I told him I knew how wicked I was, the sorriness would come later.Tabitha at Ivy Hall
Ruth Alberta Brown
But she did not tell them of the sorriness of her situation: it might have brought reproach upon him.Tess of the d'Urbervilles
adjective -rier or -riest
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.