[ wik-id ]
/ ˈwɪk ɪd /

adjective, wick·ed·er, wick·ed·est.


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

Nearby words

  1. wiccan,
  2. wich,
  3. wichita,
  4. wichita falls,
  5. wick,
  6. wickedly,
  7. wickedness,
  8. wicker,
  9. wickerwork,
  10. wicket

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 forms
Can be confusedwicca wicked

Synonym study

1. See bad1.


[ wik ]
/ wɪk /


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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British Dictionary definitions for wicked


/ (ˈwɪkɪd) /


  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


/ (wɪk) /


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)


/ (wɪk) /


archaic a village or hamlet

Word Origin for wick

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


/ (wɪk) /

adjective Northern English dialect

lively or active
alive or crawlinga dog wick with fleas

Word Origin for wick

dialect variant of quick alive


/ (wɪk) /


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
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