An example of sorry is someone expressing sadness over a friend's parent dying such as "I'm sorry."
A sorry development.
A sorry excuse.
Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.
Origin of sorry
- Middle English sori from Old English sārig sad from sār sore
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.