- evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous: wicked people; wicked habits.
- mischievous or playfully malicious: These wicked kittens upset everything.
- distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold: a wicked winter.
- unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly: wicked prices; a wicked exam.
- having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean: a wicked horse.
- spiteful; malevolent; vicious: a wicked tongue.
- extremely troublesome or dangerous: wicked roads.
- unpleasant; foul: a wicked odor.
- Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying: He blows a wicked trumpet.
- Slang. very; really; totally: That shirt is wicked cool.
Origin of wicked
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- 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.
- to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
Origin of wick1
Examples from the Web for wicked
He once experimented with dressing as “Hilda the Wicked Witch” as a way to expand his business to Halloween.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
“Wicked William,” as he was known, made short work of her fortune.The Secrets of Britain’s Wildest Aristocrats
October 20, 2014
MacDonald saw a lot that day, including gold candlesticks, the Kingdom of Heaven, and lots of violent judgment for the wicked.The Rapture: The Theological Idea That Inspired ‘The Leftovers’
Matthew Paul Turner
July 6, 2014
The film lets her unspoiled beauty speak the so-called “wicked” truth: for Ellen, abortion was the best choice.
The original trailer even opens with her confession and defense of the abortion: “Sometimes the truth is wicked.”
Such conduct is as wicked and dangerous to the state as any that can be conceived.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
These can be acquired only by "mixing with the world," no matter how wicked the world is.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
"The wicked part is that I want to go with him," she finished.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In that sweet instant, call it wicked or not, I was glad that Darmstetter was dead!The Bacillus of Beauty
- morally bad in principle or practice
- (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
- 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
- archaic a village or hamlet
- lively or active
- alive or crawlinga dog wick with fleas
- a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)
Word Origin and History for wicked
"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."