An example of sorry is someone expressing sadness over a friend's parent dying such as "I'm sorry."
- full of sorrow, pity, or sympathy: also used as an expression of apology or mild regret
- inferior in worth or quality; poor: a sorry exhibit
- wretched; miserable: a sorry tenement
Origin of sorryMiddle English sorie from Old English sarig from sar, sore
- a. Feeling or expressing sorrow: We're sorry to hear that you're leaving so soon.b. Feeling or expressing sympathy or pity: She felt sorry for the rain-soaked cat.c. Feeling or expressing regret, especially for a misdeed or mistake: He said he was sorry for breaking the window. I'm sorry I yelled at you.
- Worthless or inferior; paltry: a sorry excuse.
- Causing sorrow, grief, or misfortune; grievous: a sorry development.
- Used to express apology.
- Used to express interrogation, especially as a request for a person to say something again.
Origin of sorryMiddle English sori from Old English sārig sad from sār sore
(comparative sorrier, superlative sorriest)
- Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.
- Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.
- Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.
- Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.
- The act of saying sorry; an apology.
From Middle English sory, from Old English sÄriÄ¡ (“feeling or expressing grief, sorry, grieved, sorrowful, sad, mournful, bitter"), from Proto-Germanic *sairagaz (“sad"), from Proto-Indo-European *sayÇw- (“hard, rough, painful"). Cognate with Low German serig (“sick, scabby"), German dialectal sehrig (“sore, sad, painful"). More at sore.