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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.
  1. 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

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1. See bad1.

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    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
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 wickedly



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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