- The definition of sorry is a feeling of sorrow or regret.
An example of sorry is someone expressing sadness over a friend's parent dying such as "I'm sorry."
- a. Feeling or expressing sorrow: We are sorry to hear that you are leaving so soon.b. Feeling or expressing sympathy or pity: She felt sorry for the rain-soaked cat.c. Feeling or expressing regret: I'm sorry I'm late.
- Worthless or inferior; paltry: a sorry excuse.
- Causing sorrow, grief, or misfortune; grievous: a sorry development.
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 sāriġ (“feeling or expressing grief, sorry, grieved, sorrowful, sad, mournful, bitter”), from Proto-Germanic *sairagaz (“sad”), from Proto-Indo-European *sayǝw- (“hard, rough, painful”). Cognate with Low German serig (“sick, scabby”), German dialectal sehrig (“sore, sad, painful”). More at sore.