Definition of wretched adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈretʃɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈretʃɪd//
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  1. 1(of a person) feeling ill/sick or unhappy You look wretched—what's wrong? I felt wretched about the way things had turned out. She looked thoroughly wretched. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2(formal) extremely bad or unpleasant synonym awful She had a wretched time of it at school. The animals are kept in the most wretched conditions.
  3. 3(formal) making you feel sympathy or pity synonym pitiful She finally agreed to have the wretched animal put down.
  4. 4[only before noun] (informal) used to show that you think that somebody/something is extremely annoying Is it that wretched woman again?
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: formed irregularly from wretch + -ed.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wretched