Simple Definition of sorry
: feeling sorrow or regret
—used to express polite regret
—used to introduce disappointing or bad news in a polite way
Examples of sorry
I'm sorry if I offended you.
She was sorry to hear about their divorce.
I'm sorry for your loss.
I'm sorry for saying that.
I'm sorry that I wasted your time.
What a sorry state of affairs we're in now.
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
SORRY Defined for Kids
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