Definition of sorry exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːri//
    , NAmE//ˈsɔːri//
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  1. 1  used when you are apologizing for something Sorry I'm late! Did I stand on your foot? Sorry! Sorry to bother you, but could I speak to you for a moment? Sorry, we don't allow dogs in the house. He didn't even say sorry.
  2. 2  (especially British English) used for asking somebody to repeat something that you have not heard clearly Sorry? Could you repeat the question?
  3. 3  used for correcting yourself when you have said something wrong Take the first turning, sorry, the third turning on the right.
  4. Word OriginOld English sārig ‘pained, distressed’, of West Germanic origin, from the base of the noun sore. The shortening of the root vowel has given the word an apparent connection with the unrelated sorrow.
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