sorry

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sory, from Old English sāriġ (feeling or expressing grief, sorry, grieved, sorrowful, sad, mournful, bitter), from Proto-Germanic *sairagaz (sad), from Proto-Indo-European *sayǝw- (hard, rough, painful). Cognate with Scots sairie (sad, grieved), West Frisian searich (sad, sorry), Low German serig (sick, scabby), German dialectal sehrig (sore, sad, painful), Swedish sårig. More at sore.

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sorry (comparative sorrier, superlative sorriest)

  1. (of a person) Regretful for an action; grieved or saddened, especially by the loss of something or someone.
    I am sorry I stepped on your toes. It was an accident.
    I am sorry to hear of your uncle's death.
  2. Poor, sad or regrettable.
    The storm left his garden in a sorry state.

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sorry

  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.

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sorry (plural sorries)

  1. The act of saying sorry; an apology.
    • 2007, Christopher Levan, Give Us This Day: Lenten Reflections on Baking Bread and Discipleship (page 107)
      The British would do it standing stock still, Latinos would dance their sorries, and Canadians would find a way to apologize on ice.
    • 2008, Lucy S. Danziger, Self Magazine's 15 Minutes to Your Best Self
      So learn how to tailor your sorries to the sexes. Women tend to want an acknowledgment of what they're going through...

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Etymology[edit]

From English sorry.

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sorry

  1. sorry (expressing regret)
    Je hebt me heel erg pijn gedaan toen je dat zei.Sorry, dat is nooit mijn bedoeling geweest.
    You really hurt me a lot when you said that. — Sorry, that was never my intention.
  2. sorry, pardon, excuse me
    Je stond op mijn voet!Oh, sorry!
    You were standing on my foot! — Oh, sorry!

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