noun \ˈrech\

: a very unhappy or unlucky person

: a very bad or unpleasant person

Full Definition of WRETCH

:  a miserable person :  one who is profoundly unhappy or in great misfortune
:  a base, despicable, or vile person

Examples of WRETCH

  1. The poor wretch lost his job.
  2. <the clerk was an ungrateful wretch who stole money from his employer's cash register>

Origin of WRETCH

Middle English wrecche, from Old English wrecca outcast, exile; akin to Old High German hrechjo fugitive, Old English wrecan to drive, drive out — more at wreak
First Known Use: before 12th century


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