Definition of wretch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//retʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//retʃ//
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  1. 1a person that you feel sympathy or pity for a poor wretch The poor wretch has lost his mother.
  2. 2(often humorous) an evil, unpleasant or annoying person The little wretches have splashed water all over the bathroom.
  3. Word OriginOld English wrecca (also in the sense ‘banished person’), of West Germanic origin; related to German Recke ‘warrior, hero’, also to the verb wreak.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wretch