adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
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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
Example sentences from the Web for sorry
There’s every reason to think, I’m sorry to say, that the rest of November, December and January are going to continue to be high transmission months.What will Inauguration Day look like amid a pandemic?|Emily Davies, Justin Jouvenal|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Last time we checked in with the electric vehicle sector at Data Sheet—about two years, sorry, two months, no, checks web archive, two weeks ago— things were not good.Electric vehicle stocks recover, but the road may not end well|Aaron Pressman|November 18, 2020|Fortune
So she wouldn’t allow us to feel sorry for her, and she wouldn’t allow us to be down.After Beating Cancer, This Syracuse Point Guard Is Coming For The Record Books|Howard Megdal|November 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
I’m sorry for not responding personally to all your messages.Trailblazing triathlete isn’t letting Down syndrome prevent him from becoming an Ironman|Des Bieler|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
Congrats on your engagement, and I’m sorry your mother never got the help you did.Carolyn Hax: Bride’s mom has a ‘toxic’ attitude about her daughter’s weight|Carolyn Hax|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
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 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.