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Usage statistics for the adjective sorry:

spoken English84.68%written English15.32% conversational speech50.98%task-oriented speech49.02%
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Sorry is sometimes a misspelling of story.

The word sorry is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective sorry

What does sorry mean as an attribute of a noun?

Sorry is one of the top 50 most common adjectives. It is used mostly in speech, being the 8th most common adjective in spoken English.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: more sorry / sorrier | most sorry / sorriest

  1. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
  2. bad; unfortunate
  3. without merit; of little or no value or use
  4. causing dejection

Alternative definition of the adjective sorry


  1. [context: of a person] Regretful for an action; grieved or saddened, especially by the loss of something or someone.
  2. Poor, sad or regrettable.

Definition of the noun sorry

What does sorry mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sorries

  1. The act of saying sorry; an apology.

Other definitions of sorry

What does sorry also mean?


  1. Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.
  2. Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.


  1. "Sorry" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her tenth studio album Confessions on a Dance Floor. It was written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price and released as the second single from the album on February 7, 2006. It later appeared on Celebration, her 2009 greatest hits album. An uptempo dance song, "Sorry" was one of the first tracks developed for the album and had numerous remix treatments before the ultimate version of the track was finalized. One of the remixes was done by the Pet Shop Boys, featuring added lyrics by the band. The actual song features a dance groove tempo. It talks about personal empowerment and self-sufficiency.
    • also known as Sorry (Paul Oakenfold remix), Sorry (Man With Guitar mix), Sorry (radio edit), Sorry (Green Velvet remix), Sorry (album version), Sorry (PSB maxi-mix), Sorry (radio version)
    • music by Stuart Price & Madonna
  2. "Sorry" is a song recorded by American singer Ciara. It was written by Ciara, Elvis "Blac" Williams, and Jasper Cameron, and produced by Harris and Cameron. The song premiered alongside its music video on September 13, 2012, and was released as a digital download two weeks later on September 25, 2012. Epic Records serviced the single to urban contemporary and rhythmic radio in the United States on October 9, 2012. "Sorry" is a midtemp R&B ballad with production akin to Ciara's previous single, "Promise". Lyrically, the song speaks on a relationship gone bad, and has been described as an autobiography.
  3. "Sorry": Sorry! is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Catherine. It was released on 1 November 1994 through TVT Records.
  4. "Sorry" is a song by American hip hop recording artist T.I.. The song was released on November 27, 2012, as the sixth official single from his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. The single, which was produced by American record producer Jazze Pha, features a guest verse from fellow Atlanta-based rapper André 3000, of Southern hip hop group OutKast.
  5. "Sorry" is a ballad by American hard rock band Buckcherry. It is their fifth and final single from their third album, 15. It was not originally planned to be a single, but after increasing popularity on Mainstream radio, the band made a video and officially released the song.
  6. "Sorry" is the second album by Canadian punk rock band White Lung, released in May 29, 2012 on Deranged Records. New Jersey's Aquarian Weekly reported that the album "earned them a hearty critical reception at SXSW".
  7. "Sorry" is a 1966 song and single by Australian rock group The Easybeats, which was written by band members George Young and Stevie Wright. It peaked at #1 on the Australian Go-Set's National Top 40 in mid November 1966. It remained at #1 on the Australian Charts for 2 weeks in November 1966.
  8. "Sorry" is a single by the band Madness, released in March 2007 as a single. It is the first original Madness UK single not to be primarily written by a member of the band, and was given to them by their new management group to fill the gap between The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1 and The Liberty of Norton Folgate. In an attempt to gain more air play from a variety of radio stations, two different versions of the song were recorded. One version with just the band and a second featuring UK rap artists Sway DaSafo and Baby Blue.
  9. "Sorry" is a composition.
  10. "Sorry" is a single by American singer and actress Grace Jones, released in 1976.
  11. "Sorry" is the debut single by American singer Naya Rivera featuring rapper Big Sean. The song was released on September 17, 2013, as the lead single from her debut album.
  12. "Sorry" is a 2006 single by Madonna.
    • also known as Sorry (disc 2), Sorry (disc 1)
    • released on (9 years ago)
  13. "Sorry" is a composition.
  14. "Sorry": The Bic Runga single "Sorry" was released as a single only in Australia and Germany; the Australian version of the single included music videos of the songs "Sway" and "Suddenly Strange".
  15. "Sorry" is the 4th single to be taken from the debut album First Comes First by Kingston upon Hull band The Paddingtons. Released on 17 October 2005, it is their 4th single in total, and has been listed for 1 week on the UK Top 40. It entered the chart on position 41.


"Sorry" is a 2007 novel by Australian author Gail Jones.

  • language: English Language
  • released in (9 years ago)


  1. "Sorry" aka Gomen is a 2002 Japanese film by director Shin Togashi. It is a coming of age drama about the confusion of first love set in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan. It was the debut feature for many of the child actors, including the leads Masahiro Hisano and Yukika Sakuratani, and the second film by director Togashi.
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • starring: Jun Kunimura
    • genres: Japanese Movies, Comedy, Romance Film, Drama
    • rating: G
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Sorry" is a film, directed by Grace An.
    • country: Canada
    • genre: Animation
    • released in
  3. "Sorry" is a 2012 short animated film directed by Dries Maesen.
    • country: Belgium
    • genre: Animation
    • released in (4 years ago)


  1. Sorry a.k.a. Sorry! is a board game that is based on the ancient Cross and Circle game Pachisi. Players try to travel around the board with their pieces faster than any other player. Originally manufactured by BCM in England and now by Hasbro, Sorry! is marketed for two to four players, ages six through adult.
    • genres: Children's game, Cross and circle game
    • publisher: Parker Brothers
    • released in (82 years ago)
  2. "Sorry" a.k.a. "Sorry!" is a video game based on the board game Sorry! It offers classic Sorry and also a mode called Way Sorry, where new cards are introduced, such as Bully, Buddy, Punish, and Happy. The pawns can even talk, joke, and make amusing remarks during gameplay that relate with the colors' personalities. There are cutscenes as well, which show what happens afterward when a specific color wins. Rules are identical to normal play; however there are some options for "house rules", such as being allowed to bump teammates. Both the Classic and Strategy games are available.
    • mode: Single-player video game
    • developer: Hasbro Interactive
    • genre: Strategy video game
    • publisher: Hasbro Interactive
    • released on (17 years ago)


Sorry a.k.a. Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sorry

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Google previewEmbracing the Vision (2007)

Sacramental Catechesis for First Reconciliation and First Communion by Linda Gaupin

Being sorry means we want to return to God, our Father. We want to be reconciled with God. Reconcile means to become "one" with. We are reunited with God. The Church has a sacrament called reconciliation. When we celebrate this ...

Google previewTeaching Physical Activity (2008)

Change, Challenge, and Choice by Jim Stiehl, G. S. Don Morris, Christina Sinclair

Thus, when players apologize, remember Haim Ginott's excellent advice: "To be sorry means behaving differently." Effective Participant Talk To help participants become more accountable and responsible, you need to teach them to become ...

Google previewNez Perce Dictionary (1994)

by Haruo Aoki

to feel sorry for, sympathize with, take pity on, (2) "to indulge, grant as by favor" DNP108, " dispense ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Numípu Or Nez Perce Language (1895)

by Morvillo, Anthony

Sorry, Timnenckin, a. Having pain of mind.

Google previewAcronyms Dictionary for Texting Chatting E-mail

SBD Silent but deadly SBF Single Black female or straight best friends SBID Shitty but it'll do SBM Single Black male SBT Strange but true SBTA Sorry, being thick again SBUG Small bald unaudacious goal SCNR Sorry, could not resist ...

Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

specific, dedicated heartache speck noun sorry adjective Alternative words: shred, scrap 1 sorry for doing something wrong spectator noun Alternative words: ashamed, apologetic, Alternative words: watcher ...

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Usage statistics about sorry

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective sorry:

spoken English84.68%written English15.32% conversational speech50.98%task-oriented speech49.02% imaginative writing92.31%informational writing7.69%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective sorry:


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Quotes about Sorry

I'm sorry for not being there for you

I'm sorry for lying

I'm sorry for breaking those promises

I'm sorry for breaking your heart

I'm sorry for not believing in myself

I'm sorry for not believing in you

I'm sorry for... (John Bliss)
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Scrabble value of S1O1R1R1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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