AskDefine | Define sorry

Dictionary Definition

sorry adj
1 keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly"; "felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: bad]
2 feeling or expressing sorrow or pity; "a pitying observer threw his coat around her shoulders"; "let him perish without a pitying thought of ours wasted upon him"- Thomas De Quincey [syn: pitying, sorry for(p)]
3 having regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone; "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made" [syn: regretful] [ant: unregretful]
4 feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses [syn: contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthful]
5 bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad]
6 depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy streets"; "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens; "drab old buildings"; "a dreary mining town"; "gloomy tenements"; "sorry routine that follows on the heels of death"- B.A.Williams [syn: dingy, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy]
7 without merit; "a sorry horse"; "a sorry excuse"; "a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick"; "the car was a no-good piece of junk" [syn: good-for-nothing, good-for-naught, meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good] [also: sorriest, sorrier]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • italbrac RP: /ˈsɒri/
  • italbrac US: /ˈsɑːri/ or /ˈsɔːri/ (latter used in Canada)



  1. Possessing sorrow or regret.
    I am sorry I stepped on your toes. It was an accident.
  2. Poor, sad or regrettable.
    The storm left his garden in a sorry state.


possessing sorrow or regret
  • Danish: ked af
  • Dutch: het spijt me
  • Finnish: paha
  • German: es tut mir Leid
  • Hungarian: sajnál verb
  • Irish: expressed by a formulation using the noun brón ("sorrow")
  • Italian: scusa
  • Japanese: 残念な, 遺憾な; すまない, 申し訳ない; qualifier regret 残念な, 遺憾な, 恐縮な
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Malay: maaf
  • Maltese: skużani
  • Norwegian: lei
  • Polish: przepraszam, przykro mi
  • Portuguese: desculpa
  • Russian: жаль (žal’)
  • Spanish: disculpa, disculpe, discúlpame
  • Swedish: ledsen
poor, regrettable


  1. Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.
    Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.
  2. Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.
    Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.



expression of regret or sorrow
request to repeat

Extensive Definition

Sorry can mean:

See also

sorry in Czech: Sorry
sorry in French: Sorry

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abject, apologetic, ashamed, bad, base, base-minded, beggarly, beneath contempt, beneath one, cheap, cheerless, cheesy, common, compunctious, conscience-smitten, conscience-stricken, contemptible, contrite, crummy, debasing, degrading, demeaning, deplorable, depressing, despicable, discontented, disgraceful, dismal, full of remorse, gaudy, gimcracky, grim, gutter, heavyhearted, humiliating, humiliative, humorless, ignoble, ill-starred, in bad humor, inadequate, infestive, infra dig, infra indignitatem, joyless, low, low-minded, mean, melancholy, meretricious, mirthless, miserable, opprobrious, out of humor, out of sorts, outrageous, paltry, pathetic, penitent, penitential, pitiable, pitiful, pleasureless, poor, regretful, remorseful, repentant, repining, rubbishy, rueful, sad, saddened, scandalous, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, self-accusing, self-condemning, self-convicting, self-debasing, self-flagellating, self-humiliating, self-punishing, self-reproaching, shabby, shamefaced, shamefast, shameful, shocking, shoddy, sordid, sorrowful, sorryish, star-crossed, stark, too bad, trashy, trifling, trumpery, two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny, unbecoming, uncheerful, uncheery, unhappy, unhappy about, unjoyful, unmirthful, unsmiling, unworthy of one, valueless, vile, wistful, worthless, wretched
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