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sor•ry /ˈsɑri, ˈsɔri/USA pronunciation
adj., -ri•er, -ri•est. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
sor•ri•ly /ˈsɑrəli, ˈsɔr-/USA pronunciation adv.: We limped sorrily home after our big loss.
sor•ri•ness, n. [uncountable]
- [be + ~] feeling regret, sadness, pity, etc.: [~ + to + verb ( + object)]We are sorry to leave our friends.[~ + (that) clause]We are sorry (that) we have to leave.[~ + for + object]He felt sorry for her (= He pitied her).
- [before a noun] in such bad condition as to be regrettable; causing pity:This family is in a sorry situation.
- (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′ē, sôr′ē), 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;
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;
- 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.
1 . happy.
Old English sārig;
cognate with Low German sērig, Old High German sērag. See sore, -y1
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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
Etymology: Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see soreˈsorrily adv ˈsorriness n
- an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
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