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wicked

adjective wick·ed \ ˈwi-kəd \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of wicked

1 : morally very bad : evil
2 a : fierce, vicious
  • a wicked dog
b : disposed to or marked by mischief : roguish
  • does wicked impersonations
3 a : 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

wickedly

adverb

Examples of wicked in a Sentence

  1. a wicked act of cruelty

  2. She played the part of the wicked stepmother in the play.

  3. She wore a wicked grin after her victory.

  4. She's known for having a wicked sense of humor.

  5. She had a wicked case of food poisoning.

  6. A wicked odor was coming from the closet.

  7. He throws a wicked fastball.

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Origin and Etymology of wicked

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

wicked Synonyms

Synonyms
black, dark, evil, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unethical, unlawful, unrighteous, unsavory, vicious, vile, villainous, bad, wrong
Antonyms
decent, ethical, good, honest, honorable, just, moral, right, righteous, sublime, upright, virtuous
Related Words
base, contemptible, despicable, dirty, disreputable, evil-minded, ignoble, ill, infernal, low, mean, snide, sordid; atrocious, cruel, infamous, nasty; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, objectionable, obscene, offensive, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, libertine, loose, low-minded, perverted, reprobate, scrofulous, sick, unhealthy; cursed (also curst), cussed, defiling, noxious, pernicious, pestilential, ugly, ungodly, unwholesome; banned, barred, condemned, discouraged, forbidden, illegal, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed, unauthorized, unclean; disallowed; execrable, lousy, miserable, wretched; errant, erring, fallen, unprincipled, unscrupulous; improper, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, naughty, unbecoming, unseemly, vulgar; dishonest, dishonorable
Near Antonyms
elevated, high, high-minded, law-abiding, legitimate, lofty, noble, principled, reputable, scrupulous; allowed, authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, supported; clean, correct, decent, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltless, legitimate; chaste, immaculate, incorruptible, innocent, inoffensive, irreproachable, lily-white, perfect, pure, spotless, squeaky-clean, uncorrupted, unerring, unfallen, unobjectionable, venerable, white, wholesome; esteemed, respected, upstanding, worthy

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wicked

adverb

Definition of wicked

: very, extremely
  • wicked fast

Examples of wicked in a Sentence

  1. His car goes wicked fast.

  2. All his friends thought he was wicked cool.

  3. The tickets were wicked expensive.

First Known Use of wicked

1980


WICKED Defined for English Language Learners

wicked

adjective

Definition of wicked for English Language Learners

  • : morally bad

  • : having or showing slightly bad thoughts in a way that is funny or not serious

  • : very bad or unpleasant


wicked

adverb

Definition of wicked for English Language Learners

  • : very or extremely


WICKED Defined for Kids

wicked

adjective wick·ed \ ˈwi-kəd \

Definition of wicked for Students

wickeder; wickedest
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 2
  • a wicked storm
3 : of exceptional quality or degree
  • He threw some wicked pitches.

wickedly

adverb

wickedness

noun


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