from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A miserable, unfortunate, or unhappy person.
- n. A person regarded as base, mean, or despicable: "a stony adversary, an inhuman wretch” ( Shakespeare).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unhappy, unfortunate, or miserable person.
- n. An unpleasant, annoying person.
- n. An exile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A miserable person; one profoundly unhappy.
- n. One sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable person; a vile knave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very miserable person; one who is in a state of desperate unhappiness or misfortune, or is exposed to unavoidable suffering or disgrace.
- n. A sorry or contemptible creature; a despicable person: a term of opprobrium applied to one who has incurred condemnation by misconduct, and often used on slight occasion and with little intended force.
- n. Body; creature; thing: used (in some manner that indicates the intention) of a person regarded with some degree of kindly or ironical commiseration, or, when genuine words of endearment seem inadequate, with tender sympathy or passion, or even with admiration.
- Miserable; wretched.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. performs some wicked deed
- n. someone you feel sorry for
Middle English wrecche, from Old English wrecca, exiles, wretch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wreċċa ("outcast, exile"), from Proto-Germanic *wrakjô. (Wiktionary)