wicked

adjective
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

wicked

adverb

Definition of wicked (Entry 2 of 2)

: very, extremely wicked fast

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Other Words from wicked

Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Harlan’s family is irredeemably wicked: a gaggle of Trump-supporting white people whose sins against decency are aesthetic as much as moral (check out the dad sweater on Michael Shannon). Graham Hillard, National Review, "Knives Out Takes On the Anti-Immigration Crowd," 7 Dec. 2019 In one wicked scene, Rose learns that while her daughter passed the school’s entry exam, Xander failed. Paul Gleason, latimes.com, "These insufferable parents will do anything to get their kids into 'The Gifted School'," 3 July 2019 Other seasons were generally less fun and less wicked, but always plushly snug and requiring an umbrella as insurance against tears. Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 23 Dec. 2019 Unfortunately, international governance of the area south of the Antarctic convergence creates a wicked legal problem. Wired, "We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’," 4 Dec. 2019 Running a fiscal deficit won’t be the end of the world, but in the long run the country still has a wicked problem. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Saudi Aramco Needs to Get Realistic About Its IPO," 21 Oct. 2019 An assortment of good and wicked witches, tin men, scarecrows, wizards and of course, lions, tigers and bears greeted students this morning at Lyon Elementary School for Halloween. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview elementary school transforms into a snowy ‘Land of Oz’ for Halloween," 2 Nov. 2019 African governments have mostly ignored the arguments, from some charities, that old-fashioned farming is best and that wicked, profit-seeking seed firms should be barred. The Economist, "Africa’s farmers need better seeds," 26 Sep. 2019 The 20-year-old does his defensive duties, but can produce a wicked ball that taunts defenders. SI.com, "Trent Alexander-Arnold Reaches Rarified Premier League Milestone in Win Over Norwich," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wicked

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wicked

Adjective

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

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

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14 Jan 2020

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“Wicked.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicked. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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wicked

adjective
How to pronounce wicked (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wicked

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: morally bad
informal : having or showing slightly bad thoughts in a way that is funny or not serious
informal : very bad or unpleasant

wicked

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wicked (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : very or extremely

wicked

adjective
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

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