Definitions for sorryˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sor•ryˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i(adj.)-ri•er, -ri•est.

  1. feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.:

    sorry to leave one's friends.

  2. regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate:

    a sorry situation.

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  3. sorrowful; grieved.

  4. suggestive of grief; melancholy.

  5. wretched, poor, or useless.

  6. (used interjectionally as a conventional apology):

    Did I bump you? Sorry.

Origin of sorry:

bef. 900; ME; OE sārig, c. OS, OHG sērag. See sore , -y1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. regretful, sorry, bad(adj)

    feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

    "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made"; "he felt bad about breaking the vase"

  2. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry(adj)

    bad; unfortunate

    "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"

  3. good-for-nothing, good-for-naught, meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good, sorry(adj)

    without merit

    "a sorry horse"; "a sorry excuse"; "a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick"; "the car was a no-good piece of junk"

  4. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sorry(adjective)ˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i

    feeling regret or embarrassment about sth you have done

    I'm sorry I'm late.; He didn't seem sorry about having been so mean.; I'm sorry for laughing, but it is funny.; We were sorry that we had spent all our money.

  2. sorryˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i

    feeling pity or sadness for sb

    I'm sorry you're not feeling too good.; We were sorry to hear about your accident.; I feel sorry for him having to drive so far.

  3. sorryˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i

    to pity yourself but make no effort to change your situation

    What's the point of sitting around feeling sorry for yourself?

  4. sorryˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr i


    I was sorry to hear you can't join us.


  1. sorry(Noun)

    The act of saying sorry; an apology.

  2. sorry(Adjective)

    Regretful for an action; grieved or saddened, especially by the loss of something or someone.

  3. sorry(Adjective)

    Poor, sad or regrettable.

    The storm left his garden in a sorry state.

  4. sorry(Interjection)

    Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.

    Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.

  5. sorry(Interjection)

    Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.

    Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.

  6. Origin: From sory, from sarig, from sairagaz, from sayǝw-. Cognate with serig, dialectal sehrig. More at sore.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sorry(adj)

    grieved for the loss of some good; pained for some evil; feeling regret; -- now generally used to express light grief or affliction, but formerly often used to express deeper feeling

  2. Sorry(adj)

    melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful

  3. Sorry(adj)

    poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse


  1. Sorry!

    Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half. The theme music was composed by Gaynor Colbourn and Hugh Wisdom, and arranged and conducted by Ronnie Hazlehurst.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sorry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1412

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sorry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #255

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sorry' in Adjectives Frequency: #98

Translations for sorry

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


used when apologizing or expressing regret

I'm sorry (that) I forgot to return your book; Did I give you a fright? I'm sorry.

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