• IPA: /ˈɹɛtʃɪd/

wretched (comparative wretcheder, superlative wretchedest)

  1. Very miserable; feeling deep affliction or distress.
    I felt wretched after my wife died.
  2. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable.
    The street was full of wretched beggars dressed in rags.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 16]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind, erroneously supposed to be about a punctilio of honour and a flag, […].
  3. (obsolete) Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.
  4. (informal) Used to express dislike of or annoyance towards the mentioned thing.
    Will you please stop playing that wretched trombone!
  • (very miserable) seeSynonyms en
  • (worthless) seeSynonyms en
  • (hatefully contemptible) seeSynonyms en
Translations Translations Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɹɛtʃt/
  1. Misspelling of retched

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