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

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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