wicked

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

1225-75 Middle English wikked, wikke, an alteration of wicke, adjectival use of Old English wicca (wizard, sorcerer)

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wicked (comparative wickeder or more wicked, superlative wickedest or most wicked)

  1. Evil or mischievous by nature.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 6, The China Governess[2]:
      ‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. […]’.
  2. (slang)  Excellent; awesome; masterful; deeply satisfying.
    That was a wicked guitar solo, bro!
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  • Nouns to which "wicked" is often applied: witch, person, man, woman, angel, deed, act, pleasure, delight, game, way, night, word.
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wicked (not comparable)

  1. (slang, New England, UK) Very, extremely.
    The band we went to see the other night was wicked loud!
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Noun[edit]

the wicked pl

  1. People who are wicked.[1].
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Etymology 2[edit]

See wick

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Verb[edit]

wicked

  1. simple past tense and past participle of wick

Adjective[edit]

wicked (not comparable)

  1. Having a wick.
    a two-wicked lamp
  2. (UK, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) Infested with maggots.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford dictionary [1]