wicked

adjective
wick·ed | \ ˈwi-kəd \

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

The sardonic feminist brilliantly blends burlesque with rap and wicked social commentary. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "7 shows not to miss at Jazz Fest 2018, Saturday (May 5)," 5 May 2018 If that doesn’t sound like a breakthrough Charlotte wouldn’t use to its most wicked, company-saving ends, nothing does. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Was Maeve Mind Controlling Her Daughter On Westworld?," 11 June 2018 Which is consistently a large majority, thanks to his even temperament and an excessively wicked curveball with a major league spin rate of 3200 rpm. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Little Big Man: LSU pitcher Ma'Khail Hilliard cuts batters down to size," 30 Mar. 2018 This included Paul Manafort, a comically wicked creature of the Washington Establishment who made a career lobbying for foreign dictators, hired in April 2016 to help with delegates at the Republican convention. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "What Hope Hicks Knows," 18 Mar. 2018 The right-hander with the unusual name and wicked slider was happy to talk about his teammates’ contributions to wins against the Giants. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kyle Barraclough quietly makes mark as Marlins closer with scoreless inning streak," 14 June 2018 Also uneven in intonation, but far more delicious in effect, is a third mezzo, Stephanie Blythe, as the wicked stepmother, the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Stepchild of Cinderella Operas Finally Makes It to the Met," 13 Apr. 2018 Free of geopolitical jargon, her deceptively simple prose is sprinkled with shrewd observations about the emotions that underpin bad or wicked political decisions. The Economist, "Madeleine Albright’s guide to fascism, past and present," 12 Apr. 2018 Most of them, with the exception of the brave and kindly Peter (the novelist’s self-portrait), are morally mottled, not entirely heroic but not wholly wicked, either. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016

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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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wicked

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wicked

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: morally bad

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

: very bad or unpleasant

wicked

adverb

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

: very or extremely

wicked

adjective
wick·ed | \ ˈwi-kəd \
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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