Sorry meaning

sŏrē, sôrē
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."

adjective
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Causing sorrow, grief, or misfortune; grievous.

A sorry development.

adjective
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Worthless or inferior; paltry.

A sorry excuse.

adjective
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(of a person) Regretful for an action; grieved or saddened, especially by the loss of something or someone.

I am sorry I stepped on your toes. It was an accident.

I am sorry to hear of your uncle's death.

adjective
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The act of saying sorry; an apology.
noun
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Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.

Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.

interjection
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Poor, sad or regrettable.

The storm left his garden in a sorry state.

adjective
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Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.

Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.

interjection
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Full of sorrow, pity, or sympathy: also used as an expression of apology or mild regret.
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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 sāriÄ¡ (“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.

    From Wiktionary