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sorry (adj.)

Old English sarig "distressed, grieved, full of sorrow" (not found in the physical sense of "sore"), from Proto-Germanic *sairiga- "painful" (source also of Old Saxon serag, Middle Dutch seerigh "sore; sad, sorry," Dutch zeerig "sore, full of sores," Old High German serag, Swedish sårig "sore, full of sores"), from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (see sore (adj.)). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart." Related: Sorrily; sorriness.

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Definitions of sorry from WordNet

sorry (adj.)
bad; unfortunate;
a sorry state of affairs
sorry (adj.)
without merit; of little or no value or use;
a sorry excuse
a sorry horse
Synonyms: good-for-nothing / good-for-naught / meritless / no-account / no-count / no-good
sorry (adj.)
causing dejection;
Synonyms: blue / dark / dingy / disconsolate / dismal / gloomy / grim / drab / drear / dreary
sorry (adj.)
feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone;
Synonyms: regretful / bad
From wordnet.princeton.edu