sorry
Pronunciation
  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈsɔɹi/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈsɒɹi/, /ˈsɒɹɪ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɑɹi/, /ˈsɒɹi/, /ˈsɔɹi/
Adjective

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, pitifully sad or regrettable.
    The storm left his garden in a sorry state.
  3. pathetic#Adjective|Pathetic and inferior to the point of causing others disgust.
    Bob is a sorry excuse for a football player.
Synonyms Translations Translations Interjection
  1. Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.
    Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20171030003034/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-8-are-you-busy/3253185.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Sorry about yesterday. - No worries.
  2. Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.
    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.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: excusez-moi, excuse-moi, pardon, comment, (plain) quoi, hein (colloquial)
  • German: wie bitte?, bitte?, wie? (plain)
  • Italian: cosa?, come?, scusa?, eh? (colloquial), scusi? (formal), mi scusi? (formal)
  • Portuguese: quê? como?, hein?, perdão?
  • Russian: прошу́ проще́ния
  • Spanish: ¿cómo?, ¿perdón?, (Colombia) ¿ah?, (Cuba) ¿eh?, (Mexico) ¿mande?
Translations Noun

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.
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