What does sorry mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term sorry:


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"

Wiktionary

  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

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

How to pronounce sorry?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say sorry in sign language?

  1. sorry

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. Bill Clinton:

    I'm sorry about that.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    I'm sorry I got to go.

  3. Trish Halfacre:

    Better safe than sorry.

  4. Brandt Jean:

    If you truly are sorry.

  5. Sergio Marchionne:

    better late than sorry.

Images & Illustrations of sorry

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