What does sorry mean?

Definitions for sorry
ˈsɒr i, ˈsɔr isor·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sorry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regretful, sorry, badadjective

    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, sorryadjective

    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, sorryadjective

    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, drearyadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. sorrynoun

    The act of saying sorry; an apology.

  2. sorryadjective

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

  3. sorryadjective

    Poor, sad or regrettable.

    The storm left his garden in a sorry state.

  4. sorryinterjection

    Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.

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

  5. sorryinterjection

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

    Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sorryadjective

    Etymology: sarig , Saxon.

    O, forget
    What we are sorry for ourselves in thee. Timon of Athens.

    The king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake he commanded the Baptist’s head to be given her. Matth. xiv. 9.

    I’m sorry for thee, friend; ’tis the duke’s pleasure. William Shakespeare.

    We are sorry for the satire interspersed in some of these pieces, upon a few people, from whom the highest provocations have been received. Jonathan Swift.

    A salt and sorry rheum offends me:
    Lend me thy handkerchief. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    How now, why do you keep alone?
    Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
    Using those thoughts, which should, indeed, have died
    With them they think on. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If the union of the parts consist only in rest, it would seem that a bag of dust would be of as firm a consistence as that of marble; and Bajazet’s cage had been but a sorry prison. Joseph Glanvill.

    Coarse complexions,
    And cheeks of sorry grain will serve to ply
    The sampler, and to teize the housewife’s wool. John Milton.

    How vain were all the ensigns of his power, that could not su port him against one slighting look of a sorry slave! Roger L'Estrange.

    If this innocent had any relation to his Thebais, the poet might have found some sorry excuse for detaining the reader. Dryden.

    If such a slight and sorry business as that could produce one organical body, one might reasonably expect, that now and then a dead lump of dough might be leavened into an animal. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sorryadjective

    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. Sorryadjective

    melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful

  3. Sorryadjective

    poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sorry

    sor′i, adj. grieved for something past: melancholy: poor: worthless.—adj. Sorr′iest (Shak.), most sorrowful.—adv. Sorr′ily.—n. Sorr′iness. [A.S. sárig, wounded—sár, pain; Dut. zeerig.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorry in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sorry in a Sentence

  1. Joe Manchin:

    I'm sorry to say it has become crystal clear that the' pause' is in fact a' ban,'.

  2. Bashkim Krasniqi:

    I ’m sorry but I ’m so passionate, they wo n’t stop me because they want to silence me. This is Britain, my friend. They have their opinions and I have Bashkim Krasniqi. They hate him, I love him.

  3. Victoria Toensing:

    Hey Lev. VT here. We've got a request to talk to the big one, so I just wanted to get the latest from you, if I could. I know it's late there. I'm sorry.

  4. Attorney Wan Miaoyan:

    I met her yesterday, and she kept saying sorry to the family of the victim, before the retrial began today, the family of the victim was using the most abusive words to insult her, and even threw shoes at her.

  5. Kam McLeod:

    Basically, he's going to be dead today or tomorrow. I know that, rest in peace, Alan Schmegelsky. I love you. I'm so sorry all this had to happen. I'm so sorry that I couldn't rescue you.

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Translations for sorry

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  • jammerAfrikaans
  • أنا آسفة, عفوًا!, آسف, أنا آسف, آسفة, عذراً!, ماذا قلت؟Arabic
  • bağışlayınAzerbaijani
  • выбачайце, выбачайBelarusian
  • пардон, съжалявам, извинявай, извине́теBulgarian
  • দুঃখিত, সরি, মাফ করবেনBengali
  • perdó, llastimós, afligit, disculpesCatalan, Valencian
  • prosím, pardon, promiňte, zarmoucený, promiň, žalostnýCzech
  • undskyld, ked af, beklager, sørgeligDanish
  • verzeihen Sie bitte, wie bitte?, wie?, sorry, traurig, bitte?, Entschuldigung, ich bitte um Entschuldigung, es tut mir Leid, armselig, entschuldigen Sie bitte, beklagenswert, VerzeihungGerman
  • συγγνώμηGreek
  • discúlpame, lo siento, disculpe, ¿ah?, perdón, cómo, pobre, perdóname, mande, ¿eh?, disculpaSpanish
  • vabandustEstonian
  • پوزش, ببخشید, معذرت می‌خواهمPersian
  • anteeksi, pahoittelen, surkea, [[olla, sori, anteeksipyyntö, surullinen, pahoillaanFinnish
  • excusez-moi, hein, pardon, excuse-moi, désolé, navré, quoi, comment, ?French
  • gabh mo leithscéal, tá brón orm, brónachIrish
  • tha mi duilich, duilich, b' àill leibh, b' àill leat, truaghScottish Gaelic
  • מצטער, סְלִיחָהHebrew
  • माफ़ कीजिए, सॉरीHindi
  • bocsánat, elnézést kérek, elnézést, nem értem, tessék?, bocs, sajnál, elnézéstHungarian
  • ներողություն, կներես, ներիր, կներեք, ներեցեքArmenian
  • maafIndonesian
  • fyrirgefðu, afsakið, fyrirgefðu mérIcelandic
  • mi scuso, scusa, scusi, scuse, mi scusiItalian
  • מצטערHebrew
  • もう一度, もう一回, 申し訳ありません, 残念, すみません, 遺憾, え, かわいそう, 何, 恐縮, すまない, 失礼しました, ごめんなさい, 気の毒, 申し訳ないJapanese
  • რა, უკაცრავადGeorgian
  • សូមទោសKhmer
  • 실례, 미안하다, [[죄송]][[합니다]]Korean
  • به‌ڵێ, ببووره‌, په‌شیمان, خه‌جاڵه‌ت, لێبوردنKurdish
  • mihi ignoscite, excusate, repete, me paenitet, doleo, excusa, mihi īgnōsce, meā culpāLatin
  • waat?, spietelik, zörgelikLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
  • ຂໍໂທດLao
  • atsiprašau, dovanokite, atleiskiteLithuanian
  • piedodietLatvian
  • юу гэнээ?, уучлаарайMongolian
  • maafMalay
  • skużani, skużiMaltese
  • armzalig, pardon, het spijt me, treurig, wat zeg je, excuseer, sorry, spijten, wat zegt uDutch
  • lei, unnskyld, beklager, sørgeligNorwegian
  • maanendamOjibwe, Ojibwa
  • przepraszam?, przykro mi, przepraszam, słucham?, przykry, żałosnyPolish
  • quê?, foi mal, lastimável, desculpa, perdão, perdão?, hein?Portuguese
  • scuzați, scuză-mă, scuză, scuzați-mă, îmi pare răuRomanian
  • что?, что вы сказали, пардо́н, извиниться, плачевный, жаль, извинить, жалкий, сожалеющий, прошу прощения, со́рри, [[просить, простить, огорчённыйRussian
  • izvinite, опростите, извини, molim, oprostite, izvini, извинитеSerbo-Croatian
  • prepáčte, bohužiaľ, prepáčSlovak
  • oprosti, oprostiteSlovene
  • më fal, më falniAlbanian
  • ledsen, förlåt, sorglig, ledsam, ursäktaSwedish
  • மன்னிக்கவும்Tamil
  • క్షమించండిTelugu
  • ขอโทษThai
  • paumanhin, patawadTagalog
  • özür dilerim, pardon, üzgünüm, affedersiniz, üzgün, efendim, afedersiniz, affedersin, afedersinTurkish
  • كەچۈرۈڭUyghur, Uighur
  • перепрошую, пробач, пробачтеUkrainian
  • معاف کیجیئے, ساریUrdu
  • xin lỗiVietnamese
  • 抱歉Chinese

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