adjective, wickeder, wickedest.
evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous: wicked people; wicked habits.
mischievous or playfully malicious: These wicked kittens upset everything.
distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold: a wicked winter.
unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly: wicked prices; a wicked exam.
having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean: a wicked horse.
spiteful; malevolent; vicious: a wicked tongue.
extremely troublesome or dangerous: wicked roads.
unpleasant; foul: a wicked odor.
Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying: He blows a wicked trumpet.
Slang. very; really; totally: That shirt is wicked cool.

1225–75; Middle English wikked, equivalent to wikke bad (representing adj. use of Old English wicca wizard; cf. witch) + -ed -ed3

wickedly, adverb
quasi-wicked, adjective
quasi-wickedly, adverb
unwicked, adjective
unwickedly, adverb

wicca, wicked.

1. unrighteous, ungodly, godless, impious, profane, blasphemous; immoral, profligate, corrupt, depraved, dissolute; heinous; infamous, villainous. See bad1.

1. good, virtuous.
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1 [wik]
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)
to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.

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

wickless, adjective
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wick1 (wɪk)
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.  slang (Brit) get on someone's wick to cause irritation to a person
[Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)]

wick2 (wɪk)
archaic a village or hamlet
[Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos]

wick3 (wɪk)
1.  lively or active
2.  alive or crawling: a dog wick with fleas
[dialect variant of quick alive]

Wick (wɪk)
a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)

wicked (ˈwɪkɪd)
1.  a.  morally bad in principle or practice
 b.  (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
[C13: from dialect wick, from Old English wicca sorcerer, wiccewitch1]

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Word Origin & History

"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).

"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."

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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Example sentences
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.
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