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"


  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
    US English

How to say sorry in sign language?

  1. sorry


  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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