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adjective, wick·ed·er, wick·ed·est.
  1. evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous: wicked people; wicked habits.
  2. mischievous or playfully malicious: These wicked kittens upset everything.
  3. distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold: a wicked winter.
  4. unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly: wicked prices; a wicked exam.
  5. having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean: a wicked horse.
  6. spiteful; malevolent; vicious: a wicked tongue.
  7. extremely troublesome or dangerous: wicked roads.
  8. unpleasant; foul: a wicked odor.
  9. Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying: He blows a wicked trumpet.
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  1. Slang. very; really; totally: That shirt is wicked cool.
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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

Synonym study

1. See bad1.

Antonyms for wicked

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Related Words for wickeder

naughty, impish, devilish, wayward, vicious, evil, mischievous, villainous, nasty, outrageous, fierce, ugly, deft, abandoned, abominable, arch, atrocious, base, contemptible, debased

Examples from the Web for wickeder

Historical Examples of wickeder

  • On my conscience, it will push you hard to find a wickeder baste nor yourself.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • The fiercer they are the more she loves them, and the wickeder they are the more they love her.

    A Padre in France

    George A. Birmingham

  • Them contrasts make me miserabler than ever, an' I'm likely to get wickeder too.

    The Border Watch

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • All the same, I think you are wickeder than me, Augusta, said Nan.

  • I can tell you a wickeder one than any you've discovered for yourself.

    Madame de Mauves

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for wickeder


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

Word Origin for wicked

C13: from dialect wick, from Old English wicca sorcerer, wicce witch 1
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Word Origin and History for wickeder



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.

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