adjective, wick·ed·er, wick·ed·est.


Slang. very; really; totally: That shirt is wicked cool.

Origin of wicked

1225–75; Middle English wikked, equivalent to wikke bad (representing adj. use of Old English wicca wizard; cf. witch) + -ed -ed3
Related formswick·ed·ly, adverbqua·si-wick·ed, adjectivequa·si-wick·ed·ly, adverbun·wick·ed, adjectiveun·wick·ed·ly, adverb
Can be confusedwicca wicked

Synonyms for wicked

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1. See bad1.

Antonyms for wicked




a bundle or loose twist or braid of soft threads, or a woven strip or tube, as of cotton or asbestos, which in a candle, lamp, oil stove, cigarette lighter, or the like, serves to draw up the melted tallow or wax or the oil or other flammable liquid to be burned.

verb (used with object)

to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.

Origin of wick

before 1000; Middle English wicke, weke, Old English wice, wēoc(e); cognate with Middle Dutch wiecke, Middle Low German wêke, Old High German wiohha lint, wick (German Wieke lint); akin to Sanskrit vāgura noose
Related formswick·less, adjective
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Historical Examples of wicked

  • Such conduct is as wicked and dangerous to the state as any that can be conceived.

  • She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.

  • These can be acquired only by "mixing with the world," no matter how wicked the world is.

  • "The wicked part is that I want to go with him," she finished.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • In that sweet instant, call it wicked or not, I was glad that Darmstetter was dead!

British Dictionary definitions for wicked



  1. morally bad in principle or practice
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the wicked
mischievous or roguish, esp in a playful waya wicked grin
causing injury or harm
troublesome, unpleasant, or offensive
slang very good
Derived Formswickedly, adverbwickedness, noun

Word Origin for wicked

C13: from dialect wick, from Old English wicca sorcerer, wicce witch 1




a cord or band of loosely twisted or woven fibres, as in a candle, cigarette lighter, etc, that supplies fuel to a flame by capillary action
get on someone's wick British slang to cause irritation to a person
Derived Formswicking, noun

Word Origin for wick

Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)




archaic a village or hamlet

Word Origin for wick

Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos



adjective Northern English dialect

lively or active
alive or crawlinga dog wick with fleas

Word Origin for wick

dialect variant of quick alive



a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for wicked

late 13c., earlier wick (12c.), apparently an adjectival use of Old English wicca "wizard" (see wicca). For evolution, cf. wretched from wretch. Slang ironic sense of "wonderful" first attested 1920, in F. Scott Fitzgerald.



"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," Old English weoce, from West Germanic *weukon (cf. Middle Dutch wieke, Dutch wiek, Old High German wiohha, German Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in reference to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick, rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (n.2).



"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common Old English wic "dwelling place, lodging, abode," then coming to mean "village, hamlet, town," and later "dairy farm" (e.g. Gatwick "Goat-farm"). Common in this latter sense 13c.-14c. The word is a general Germanic borrowing from Latin vicus "group of dwellings, village; a block of houses, a street, a group of streets forming an administrative unit" (see vicinity). Cf. Old High German wih "village," German Weichbild "municipal area," Dutch wijk "quarter, district," Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic "village."

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