- 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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1. unrighteous, ungodly, godless, impious, profane, blasphemous; immoral, profligate, corrupt, depraved, dissolute; heinous; infamous, villainous.
1. See bad1.
1. good, virtuous.
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Examples from the Web for wickedly
Kate Christensen is famous for her wickedly drawn characters, but this time her setting, Brooklyn, almost steals the show.Novelist Kate Christensen's Winning Novels About Losers
June 15, 2011
The Informationby Martin Amis As wickedly funny a satire of the writer's life as anything I've ever encountered.T.C. Boyle's Favorite Books
February 23, 2011
In the end, Lebowitz's performance—and it is a performance—is a wickedly enjoyable torrent of great lines.Public Speaking: Martin Scorsese's Fran Lebowitz Doc
Ronald K. Fried
November 20, 2010
According to The New York Times, Berendt's "writing is elegant and wickedly funny, and his eye for telling details is superb."Back to the '90s
August 15, 2009
This is a wickedly clever kung-fu move for the new Obama-ready marketplace: Monroe becomes Thoreau.De Beers: Diamonds Are a Recession's Best Friend
December 6, 2008
White Fang was in a rage, wickedly making his attack on the most vulnerable spot.White Fang
But, my friends, Death never comes to those who wickedly seek him.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
“But it was a bribe to get you to take them off,” laughed the Patient Aunt, wickedly.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
I looked into his wickedly handsome face, and smiled coldly.The Strolling Saint
They are most wickedly sane, which is why their designs fill me with apprehension.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
- 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
C13: from dialect wick, from Old English wicca sorcerer, wicce witch 1
Word Origin and History for wickedly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper