wick·​ed | \ ˈwi-kəd How to pronounce wicked (audio) \

Definition of wicked

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : morally very bad : evil
2a : fierce, vicious a wicked dog
b : disposed to or marked by mischief : roguish does wicked impersonations
3a : disgustingly unpleasant : vile a wicked odor
b : causing or likely to cause harm, distress, or trouble a wicked storm
4 : going beyond reasonable or predictable limits : of exceptional quality or degree throws a wicked fastball



Definition of wicked (Entry 2 of 2)

: very, extremely wicked fast

Other Words from wicked


wickedly adverb

Examples of wicked in a Sentence

Adjective a wicked act of cruelty She played the part of the wicked stepmother in the play. She wore a wicked grin after her victory. She's known for having a wicked sense of humor. She had a wicked case of food poisoning. A wicked odor was coming from the closet. He throws a wicked fastball. Adverb His car goes wicked fast. All his friends thought he was wicked cool. The tickets were wicked expensive. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Boston-speak, this was a wicked blown opportunity. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 After streaking up three minor league levels in 2021, Bautista — an imposing presence at 6-foot-7 — made Baltimore’s opening day roster and has quickly become a fixture in their bullpen, posting a 2.38 ERAwith a unique fastball and wicked splitter. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2022 Spector serves the Moon God, Khonshu, and his superhero form is a figure that appears to be wrapped in gleaming white Ace bandages, with a wicked-cool cape borrowed from David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust period as his main accessory. Lorraine Alitelevision Critic, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Once the hitter is looking for the fastball or split, Ohtani can come with a wicked slider, cutter, curve or changeup. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 3 May 2022 In Parker’s swaggering style, such lines come with a wicked grin. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 This is fish rubbed with garlic and allspice, shallow-fried until the skin crisps, then doused with hot vinegar, carrots, onions and wicked Scotch bonnets, all swirled together and bubbling from a pan. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Dostal made a big save with just over four minutes remaining with a smooth glove snag on a wicked shot from Rempel. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 His curveball is considered one of the most wicked pitches in Negro Leagues history. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wicked.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wicked


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wicked


Middle English, alteration of wicke wicked, perhaps from Old English wicca

Learn More About wicked

Time Traveler for wicked

Time Traveler

The first known use of wicked was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near wicked




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wicked

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Wicked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicked. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for wicked


wick·​ed | \ ˈwi-kəd How to pronounce wicked (audio) \
wickeder; wickedest

Kids Definition of wicked

1 : bad in behavior, moral state, or effect : evil "… you're a wicked girl to stand in the way of your sister's good fortune."— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain
2 : dangerous sense 2 a wicked storm
3 : of exceptional quality or degree He threw some wicked pitches.

Other Words from wicked

wickedly adverb
wickedness noun

More from Merriam-Webster on wicked

Nglish: Translation of wicked for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of wicked for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!