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 How many mothers, after all, are willing to play the wicked witch, to take whatever blame their adult children need to pile on them, and not insist on being forgiven or understood? Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Ingenious Families," 2 July 2020 Helmed by writer-director Ari Aster, this unpredictable piece of cinema’s wicked rumination on grief is truly just the tip of the iceberg. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "The best movies on Amazon Prime right now," 30 June 2020 In many ways, the haunting visuals provided by Floyd’s wicked demise contain the same power for meaningful change that were deliberately choreographed in the death and burial of Emmett Till. Phillip Morris, National Geographic, "To enact change in the world, we must protest," 6 June 2020 Moss not only looks like Shirley Jackson but brings an intense, enigmatic and wicked air to the famed horror and mystery writer in a historical drama that reads more like one of her works than a conventional biopic. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Elisabeth Moss gets sinister as 'Shirley,' Kevin James breaks bad in 'Becky'," 4 June 2020 Sean Dylan Kelly was elevated to second, bouncing back from a wicked crash Saturday. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The motorcycle master of Road America finishes off a near-perfect weekend with no one on hand to watch," 31 May 2020 Many less attractive traits are also recorded: Charles could be uncommunicative and dilatory, evasive and mendacious, refractory, vindictive, obstinate, even outright wicked, though self-delusive about the motives of others. R.j.w. Evans, The New York Review of Books, "The Dream of World Monarchy," 27 May 2020 Not so very long ago, a lifetime ago, those words took Americans somewhere wicked. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The mad, sad, totally fab life of Paul Lynde," 19 May 2020 His pompadour was high and his hip action wicked when Elvis was still a pimply kid mowing lawns in Memphis. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Life is a scream: Remembering Little Richard, the self-described king, queen and architect of rock-and-roll," 9 May 2020

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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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12 Jul 2020

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“Wicked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicked. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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wicked

adjective
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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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