adjective sor·ry \ˈsär-ē, ˈsr-\

: feeling sorrow or regret

—used to express polite regret

—used to introduce disappointing or bad news in a polite way


Full Definition of SORRY

:  feeling sorrow, regret, or penitence
:  mournful, sad
:  inspiring sorrow, pity, scorn, or ridicule :  pitiful <their affairs were in a sorry state>
sor·ri·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb
sor·ri·ness \-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SORRY

  1. I'm sorry if I offended you.
  2. She was sorry to hear about their divorce.
  3. I'm sorry for your loss.
  4. I'm sorry for saying that.
  5. I'm sorry that I wasted your time.
  6. What a sorry state of affairs we're in now.
  7. That's the sorriest excuse I've heard.

Origin of SORRY

Middle English sory, from Old English sārig, from sār sore
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of SORRY

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values <a contemptible liar>. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation <a despicable crime>. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity <a pitiable attempt at tragedy>. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness <this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car>. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust <a scurvy crew of hangers-on>.

Rhymes with SORRY

SORRIER Defined for Kids


adjective sor·ry \ˈsär-ē\

Definition of SORRY for Kids

:  feeling sorrow or regret <I'm sorry I lied.>
:  causing sorrow, pity, or scorn :  pitiful <a sorry sight> <a sorry excuse>


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