[sor-ee, sawr-ee]
adjective, sorrier, sorriest.
feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.: to be sorry to leave one's friends; to be sorry for a remark; to be sorry for someone in trouble.
regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic: a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
sorrowful, grieved, or sad: Was she sorry when her brother died?
associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful: a sorry horse.
(used interjectionally as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.

before 900; Middle English; Old English sārig; cognate with Low German sērig, Old High German sērag. See sore, -y1

sorrily, adverb
sorriness, noun
unsorry, adjective

1. regretful, sympathetic, pitying. 3. unhappy, depressed, sorrowing. 4. grievous, mournful, painful. 5. abject, contemptible, paltry, worthless, shabby. See wretched.

1. happy. Unabridged
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sorry (ˈsɒrɪ)
adj (often foll by for) , -rier, -riest
1.  feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regret: I feel sorry for him
2.  pitiful, wretched, or deplorable: a sorry sight
3.  poor; paltry: a sorry excuse
4.  affected by sorrow; sad
5.  causing sorrow or sadness
6.  an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
[Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see sore]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sarig "distressed, full of sorrow," from W.Gmc. *sairig-, from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to sar (see sore). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for
I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart."
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Idioms & Phrases


see better safe than sorry.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
He's happy about the job he got, but is definitely sorry he missed the
  opportunity to be considered for the other position.
Sorry but this does not make sense the way this is being forced in the media
  and constantly the number one science topic.
And you can arrange your miniature street people in your miniature town square
  without feeling sorry for them.
Fauna, we're sorry to say, seems to have lost her queen.
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