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

In other words, there are a fair share of wicked Led Zep guitar riffs and obscure spoken word ramblings on Boarding House Reach, the Third Man Record honcho and willful eccentric’s third solo album and first in four years. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Jack White, Reuben Studdard and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats," 22 Mar. 2018 One museum, using dummies to depict wicked G.I.'s and maimed Korean victims, has a display that blames America for a massacre that occurred during the Korean War. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "New book: Insider's account of North Korea reveals why Trump may be forever disappointed," 29 May 2018 Because the internet is a cruel and wicked place, kids. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Poison Control says Tide Pod Challenge and memes are 'nothing to laugh about'," 21 Jan. 2018 The latter retired from football in 1982 after their relationship had grown increasingly strained, with wicked comments made by both men about their falling out. SI.com, "Brian Clough: He Wasn't the Best Manager in the Business, But He Was in the Top 1," 29 July 2019 Our inability to confront and to overcome this wicked legacy helped manifest the Donald Trump presidency and resurgent white nationalism that, if underestimated, could trigger the first sectional crisis since the Civil War. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, Twin Cities, "Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey: Why now is the moment to atone for 400 years of racism," 28 July 2019 After her wicked slice neutralized the Gauff backhand that had done so much damage in the first two rounds and ripping forehands, her errors increased. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Cori 'Coco' Gauff, 15, stages remarkable comeback at Wimbledon," 5 July 2019 But Stott hit a wicked growth spurt in his junior year, sprouting up to 5-11. Scott Lauber, https://www.inquirer.com, "UNLV coach describes Phillies first-round pick Bryson Stott as a polished hitter," 4 June 2019 Still, the Bengals have a wicked first half, starting in Seattle, hosting the 49ers, traveling to Buffalo, traveling to Pittsburgh, hosting the Cardinals, traveling to Baltimore, hosting Jacksonville and traveling to Los Angeles. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The Reds could soon be out of it and no reason for Bengals optimism," 4 June 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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wicked

adjective

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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