Sorry Sor"ry, a. [Compar. {Sorrier}; superl. {Sorriest}.] [OE. sory, sary, AS. s[=a]rig, fr. s[=a]r, n., sore. See {Sore}, n. & a. The original sense was, painful; hence, miserable, sad.] 1. Grieved for the loss of some good; pained for some evil; feeling regret; -- now generally used to express light grief or affliction, but formerly often used to express deeper feeling. ``I am sorry for my sins.'' --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

Ye were made sorry after a godly manner. --2 Cor. vii. 9. [1913 Webster]

I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

She entered, were he lief or sorry. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

All full of chirking was this sorry place. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. ``With sorry grace.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Cheeks of sorry grain will serve. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Hurt; afflicted; mortified; vexed; chagrined; melancholy; dismal; poor; mean; pitiful. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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