sorry

[sor-ee, sawr-ee]

adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.

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.

interjection

(used as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.

Origin of sorry

before 900; Middle English; Old English sārig; cognate with Low German sērig, Old High German sērag. See sore, -y1
Related formssor·ri·ly, adverbsor·ri·ness, nounun·sor·ry, adjective

Synonyms for sorry

Antonyms for sorry

1. happy.
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Examples from the Web for sorry

Contemporary Examples of sorry

Historical Examples of sorry

  • I am sorry, but I —— not be able to finish the work before next week.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig

  • He was sorry she would not come, but he hoped Miss Goldstein could find a partner for his friend.

    Comrade Yetta

    Albert Edwards

  • Then Charles said: 'I am sorry for you, young gentleman, for I see you are not good.'

  • There were six hundred men captured; ten officers and more than a hundred men killed, but Tarleton, I am sorry to say, escaped.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown

    Lucy Foster Madison

  • I'm sorry they must cost so much, and take so much care, for I am made so that I really want them.



British Dictionary definitions for sorry

sorry

adjective -rier or -riest

(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

interjection

an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
Derived Formssorrily, adverbsorriness, noun

Word Origin for sorry

Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see sore
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Word Origin and History for sorry
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sorry

sorry

see better safe than sorry.

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