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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017 sor•ry /ˈsɑri, ˈsɔri/
USA pronunciation adj., -ri•er, -ri•est.
feeling regret, sadness, pity, etc.: [be + ~ ] We are sorry to leave our friends. [~ + to + verb ( + object) ] We are sorry (that) we have to leave. [~ + (that) clause ] He felt sorry for her (= He pitied her). [~ + for + object ]
in such bad condition as to be regrettable; causing pity: This family is in a sorry situation. [before a noun ]
(used to apologize): Did I bump into you? Sorry. (used to ask someone who has spoken to repeat what was said): "Sorry, I didn't hear what you said.''
sor•ri•ly /ˈsɑrəli, ˈsɔr-/ USA pronunciation adv.: We limped sorrily home after our big loss.
sor•ri•ness, n. [ uncountable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017 sor•ry
(sor ′ē, sôr ′ē), USA pronunciation adj., -ri•er, -ri•est.
feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.: to be sorry to leave one's friends; to be sorry for a remark; to be sorry for someone in trouble.
regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic: a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
sorrowful, grieved, or sad: Was she sorry when her brother died?
associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful: a sorry horse. (used interjectionally as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
sor ′ri•ly, adv.
sor ′ri•ness, n.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English sārig; cognate with Low German sērig, Old High German sērag. See sore, - y 1
1. regretful, sympathetic, pitying. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 3. unhappy, depressed, sorrowing. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 4. grievous, mournful, painful. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 5. abject, contemptible, paltry, worthless, shabby. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged wretched.
1. happy. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sorry / ˈsɒrɪ/ adj ( ) -rier, -riest ( usually postpositive) often followed by for: feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regret: I feel sorry for him pitiful, wretched, or deplorable: a sorry sight poor; paltry: a sorry excuse affected by sorrow; sad causing sorrow or sadness interj an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc Etymology: Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see sore ˈsorrily adv ˈsorriness n
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