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wicked

[wik-id] /ˈwɪk ɪd/
adjective, wickeder, wickedest.
1.
evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous:
wicked people; wicked habits.
2.
mischievous or playfully malicious:
These wicked kittens upset everything.
3.
distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold:
a wicked winter.
4.
unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly:
wicked prices; a wicked exam.
5.
having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean:
a wicked horse.
6.
spiteful; malevolent; vicious:
a wicked tongue.
7.
extremely troublesome or dangerous:
wicked roads.
8.
unpleasant; foul:
a wicked odor.
9.
Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying:
He blows a wicked trumpet.
adverb
10.
Slang. very; really; totally:
That shirt is wicked cool.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English wikked, equivalent to wikke bad (representing adj. use of Old English wicca wizard; cf. witch) + -ed -ed3
Related forms
wickedly, adverb
quasi-wicked, adjective
quasi-wickedly, adverb
unwicked, adjective
unwickedly, adverb
Can be confused
wicca, wicked.
Synonyms
1. unrighteous, ungodly, godless, impious, profane, blasphemous; immoral, profligate, corrupt, depraved, dissolute; heinous; infamous, villainous. See bad1 .
Antonyms
1. good, virtuous.

wick1

[wik] /wɪk/
noun
1.
a bundle or loose twist or braid of soft threads, or a woven strip or tube, as of cotton or asbestos, which in a candle, lamp, oil stove, cigarette lighter, or the like, serves to draw up the melted tallow or wax or the oil or other flammable liquid to be burned.
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English wicke, weke, Old English wice, wēoc(e); cognate with Middle Dutch wiecke, Middle Low German wêke, Old High German wiohha lint, wick (German Wieke lint); akin to Sanskrit vāgura noose
Related forms
wickless, adjective
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Examples for wicked
  • What is more, the volumes wicked upward were not trivial.
  • We are enjoined to see the penguins as good and the giant petrel as wicked.
  • Email me an example with a wicked witch, an evil gnome, or a bawdy satyr hiding in that tiny forest.
  • He is wicked smart, a lucid writer, and has a good nose for interesting topics.
  • Nowhere is the triumph of the tsars more evident than in the wicked world of drugs.
  • wicked is an amazing play about the witches when they were growing up.
  • And according to benchmarks that are beginning to pop up online, the phone looks to be wicked fast.
  • They'll never know you're the mild-mannered one with the wicked imagination.
  • As ever, his rambunctious plot is largely a vehicle for snappy dialogue, snide parody and wicked one-liners.
  • Ride will let you drop wicked tricks on a stationary skateboard loaded with motion sensors.
British Dictionary definitions for wicked

wicked

/ˈwɪkɪd/
adjective
1.
  1. morally bad in principle or practice
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the) the wicked
2.
mischievous or roguish, esp in a playful way a wicked grin
3.
causing injury or harm
4.
troublesome, unpleasant, or offensive
5.
(slang) very good
Derived Forms
wickedly, adverb
wickedness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from dialect wick, from Old English wicca sorcerer, wiccewitch1

wick1

/wɪk/
noun
1.
a cord or band of loosely twisted or woven fibres, as in a candle, cigarette lighter, etc, that supplies fuel to a flame by capillary action
2.
(Brit, slang) get on someone's wick, to cause irritation to a person
Derived Forms
wicking, noun
Word Origin
Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)

wick2

/wɪk/
noun
1.
(archaic) a village or hamlet
Word Origin
Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos

wick3

/wɪk/
adjective (Northern English, dialect)
1.
lively or active
2.
alive or crawling a dog wick with fleas
Word Origin
dialect variant of quick alive

Wick

/wɪk/
noun
1.
a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for wicked
wick
"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," O.E. weoce, from W.Gmc. *weukon (cf. M.Du. wieke, Du. wiek, O.H.G. wiohha, Ger. Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Gmc. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in ref. to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick, rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (2).
wick
"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common O.E. wic "dwelling place, abode," then coming to mean "village, hamlet, town," and later "dairy farm" (e.g. Gatwick "Goat-farm"). Common in this latter sense 13c.-14c. The word is a general Gmc. borrowing from L. vicus "village, hamlet" (see vicinity). Cf. O.H.G. wih "village," Ger. Weichbild "municipal area," Du. wijk "quarter, district," O.Fris. wik, O.S. wic "village."
wicked
c.1275, earlier wick (12c.), apparently an adj. use of O.E. wicca "wizard" (see wicca). For evolution, cf. wretched from wretch. Slang ironic sense of "wonderful" first attested 1920, in F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wicked

wicked

adjective
  1. Impressive; prodigious; mean: He can shake a wicked spatula/ Look at the wicked bat he swings!
  2. Excellent; wonderful; bad, great (1920+)
Related Terms

shake a wicked calf


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Encyclopedia Article for wicked

Wick

royal burgh (town) and fishing port, Highland council area, historic county of Caithness, Scotland. An ancient Norse settlement on the North Sea, situated about 14 miles (23 km) south of John o'Groats, Wick developed as a fishing port and centre and was designated a royal burgh in 1589. It expanded rapidly during the herring boom of the 19th century. Since then herring fishing has declined and been replaced by the smaller whitefish industry. Several light manufacturing industries have been established, including the Caithness glass-blowing factory, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Wick Airport provides important links to cities to the south. Pop. (2001) 7,333.

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wick

thread, strip, or bundle of fibres that, by capillary action, draws up the oil of a lamp or the melted wax in a candle to be burned. By 1000 BC, wicks of vegetable fibres were used in saucer-type vessels containing olive oil or nut oil in order to provide light, and by 500-400 BC these wicks were in general domestic use. See lamp.

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