noun Etymology: Middle English wrecche, from Old English wrecca outcast, exile; akin to Old High German hrechjo fugitive, Old English wrecan to drive, drive out — more at wreak Date: before 12th century 1. a miserable person ; one who is profoundly unhappy or in great misfortune 2. a base, despicable, or vile person

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  • Wretch — Wretch, n. [OE. wrecche, AS. wrecca, wr[ae]cca, an exile, a wretch, fr. wrecan to drive out, punish; properly, an exile, one driven out, akin to AS. wr[ae]c an exile, OS. wrekkio a stranger, OHG. reccheo an exile. See {Wreak}, v. t.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wretch — Studioalbum von Kyuss Veröffentlichung 23. September 1991 Aufnahme 1989 1991 Label …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wretch — wretch; wretch·ed; wretch·ed·ly; wretch·ed·ness; wretch·less; wretch·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • Wretch — Album par Kyuss Sortie 23 septembre 1991 Enregistrement Palm Springs, Californie Durée 46:36 Genre Rock alternatif, Stoner rock …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wretch — Álbum de Kyuss Publicación 23 de septiembre de 1991 Género(s) Heavy metal Stoner metal Duración 46:36 Discográfica …   Wikipedia Español

  • wretch — [retʃ] n [: Old English; Origin: wrecca person driven out ] 1.) someone that you feel sorry for ▪ He was a lonely, miserable wretch. 2.) someone you are annoyed with ▪ Stop pulling my hair, you wretch! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wretch — [ retʃ ] noun count 1. ) someone who is in a difficult situation and who you feel sorry for: The poor wretch lay crying by the side of the road. 2. ) HUMOROUS someone you do not like or who annoys you: Why did you marry that wretch? a ) LITERARY… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wretch — (n.) O.E. wrecca wretch, stranger, exile, from P.Gmc. *wrakjan (Cf. O.S. wrekkio, O.H.G. reckeo a banished person, exile, Ger. recke renowned warrior, hero ), related to O.E. wreccan to drive out, punish (see WREAK (Cf. wreak)). Sense of vile,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • wretch — ► NOUN 1) an unfortunate person. 2) informal a contemptible person. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • wretch — [rech] n. [ME wrecche < OE wrecca, an outcast, lit., one driven out < wrecan, to drive out, punish: see WREAK] 1. a miserable or unhappy person; person in deep distress or misfortune 2. a person who is despised or scorned …   English World dictionary

  • wretch —    This word is now rather old fashioned, but it came easily to speakers in former times who wished to abuse someone. It was in regular use from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, with the meaning of ‘vile person’, and was either insulting …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

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