sorry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sorry (comparative sorrier, superlative sorriest)

  1. (of a person) Regretful or apologetic for an action.
    I am sorry I stepped on your toes. It was an accident.
    Synonyms: apologetic, compunctious, contrite, penitent, regretful, remorseful, repentant
  2. (of a person) Grieved or saddened, especially by the loss of something or someone.
    I am sorry for your loss.
    The President was sorry to hear that the Ambassador was leaving.
    Synonyms: heavy-hearted, melancholy, mournful
  3. Poor, pitifully sad or regrettable.
    The storm left his garden in a sorry state.
  4. Pathetic; contemptibly inadequate.
    Bob is a sorry excuse for a football player.

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Translations[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

sorry

  1. Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.
    Synonym: (informal) soz
    Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.
    Sorry about yesterday. — No worries.
  2. Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.
    Synonyms: I beg your pardon?, I'm sorry?, say again, come again, (US) excuse me?; see also Thesaurus:say again
    Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.
  3. Used to correct oneself in speech.
    There are four —sorry, five— branches of the store locally.

Descendants[edit]

  • Czech: sorry
  • Dutch: sorry
  • German: sorry
  • Hindi: सॉरी (sŏrī)
  • Polish: sorry, sorki
  • Scots: sorry, sorra
  • Spanish: sorry
  • Swedish: sorry
  • Welsh: sorri

Translations[edit]

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Noun[edit]

sorry (plural sorries or sorrys)

  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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Further reading[edit]


Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English sorry.

Interjection[edit]

sorry

  1. (informal) sorry (I apologize)

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English sorry.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɔ.ri/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: sor‧ry

Interjection[edit]

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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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English sorry.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɔʁi/, /ˈsɔri/
  • Hyphenation: sor‧ry

Interjection[edit]

sorry

  1. (colloquial) sorry (expressing regret)
    Synonym: Entschuldigung
    • 2020 December 24, Bernd Ulrich, “Das Jahr, in dem die Normalität zu Ende ging”, in Die Zeit[1]:
      [] Armin Laschet und Olaf Scholz wollen vor allem die alte BRD bewahren und die Methode Merkel mit, sorry, schwächeren Mitteln prolongieren; []
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Further reading[edit]

  • sorry” in Duden online

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman soree.

Noun[edit]

sorry

  1. Alternative form of sorre

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English sāriġ.

Noun[edit]

sorry

  1. (Late ME) Alternative form of sory

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English sorry.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

sorry

  1. (informal) sorry! (expressing regret)
    Synonym: przepraszam

Further reading[edit]

  • sorry in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • sorry in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English sorry.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

sorry

  1. (informal) sorry (expressing regret)
    Synonym: perdón

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.


Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English sorry

Interjection[edit]

sorry

  1. (informal, casual) sorry (expressing regret)
    Synonym: förlåt
    Sorry, brevet låg i fel brevlåda. Råkade öppna.
    Sorry, the letter was in the wrong letter box. Opened by mistake.

Usage notes[edit]

As with many English expressions in Swedish; the word sorry has much lower weight and meaning than its counterpart förlåt (sorry).

Anagrams[edit]


Yola[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sory, from Old English sāriġ, from Proto-West Germanic *sairag.

Noun[edit]

sorry

  1. sorrow

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith