- 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.
- (used as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
Origin of sorry
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Examples from the Web for sorry
So she lies to the knight, telling him Madalena is sorry and wants him back.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
I am so sorry that your parents did this to you, developing their own discriminatory take on your existence.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
“Sorry I can't give you more, but at this time our office has no comment,” his spokesman, Sergio Gor, said.Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Backs Obama on Cuba Deal
December 18, 2014
And then it broke down, and the woman says, 'I'm sorry, but we have to fix the internet, so it's down for the rest of the flight.'In Defense of Uber’s Awful Sydney Surge Pricing
December 16, 2014
Capra is sorry he can't attend but wants both Hitch and Alma to know he is thinking of them.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
"I am sorry you couldn't agree with Halbert Davis, Robert," she said, with a sigh.Brave and Bold
Which was very ugly in me, and I cried afterwards and told her how sorry I was.
I—I think that's all—and I'm sorry we're not—our families are not to be friends any more.
She is a fine mare, and I am sorry to lose her, but we cannot help it.Explorations in Australia
I forgive you, if you are sorry for the fault, and my arms are ready to receive you.
- (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
- an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with sorry
see better safe than sorry.