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

Synonym study

1. See bad1.

Antonyms for wicked

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Examples from the Web for wickedest

Historical Examples of wickedest

  • And will not he who has been shown to be the wickedest, be also the most miserable?

  • The dishonour lay at its door of being the wickedest city in the world.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The wickedest, cruelest man in the bunch––and the best shot.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • "Hush, Fly Clifford; you're the wickedest girl to talk," said Dotty.

  • And the lightest desire can be sin, as well as the wickedest deed.

British Dictionary definitions for wickedest



  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
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Word Origin and History for wickedest



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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