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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Evil by nature and in practice: "this wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred” ( Winston S. Churchill).
  • adj. Playfully malicious or mischievous: a wicked prank; a critic's wicked wit.
  • adj. Severe and distressing: a wicked cough; a wicked gash; wicked driving conditions.
  • adj. Highly offensive; obnoxious: a wicked stench.
  • adj. Slang Strikingly good, effective, or skillful: a wicked curve ball; a wicked imitation.
  • adv. Slang Used as an intensive: "a ... body suit, which she describes as wicked comfortable” ( Nathan Cobb).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Evil or mischievous by nature.
  • adj. Excellent; awesome; masterful; deeply satisfying.
  • adv. Very, extremely.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wick.
  • adj. Having a wick.
  • adj. Infested with maggots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a wick; -- used chiefly in composition.
  • adj. Evil in principle or practice; deviating from morality; contrary to the moral or divine law; addicted to vice or sin; sinful; immoral; profligate; -- said of persons and things
  • adj. Cursed; baneful; hurtful; bad; pernicious; dangerous.
  • adj. Ludicrously or sportively mischievous; disposed to mischief; roguish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Evil in principle or practice; deviating from the divine or the moral law; addicted to vice; depraved; vicious; sinful; immoral; bad; wrong; iniquitous: a word of comprehensive signification, including everything that is contrary to the moral law, and applied both to persons and to their acts: as, a wicked man; a wicked deed; wicked ways; wicked lives; a wicked heart; wicked designs; wicked works.
  • Vile; baneful; pernicious; noxious.
  • Troublesome; difficult; hard; painful; unfavorable; disagreeable.
  • Mischievous; prone or disposed to mischief, often good-natured mischief; roguish: as, a wicked urchin.
  • Synonyms Illegal, Immoral, etc. (see criminal), Heinous, Infamous, etc. (see atrocious), unrighteous, profane, ungodly, godless, impious, unprincipled, vile, abandoned, prolligate.
  • n. A wicked person; one who is or those who are wicked.
  • Quick; active.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. morally bad in principle or practice
  • adj. having committed unrighteous acts
  • adj. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
  • adj. intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
  • adj. naughtily or annoyingly playful

Etymologies

Middle English, alteration of wicke, ultimately from Old English wicca, sorcerer; see witch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1225-75 Middle English wikked, wikke, an alteration of wicke, adjectival use of Old English wicca ("wizard, sorcerer") (Wiktionary)
See wick (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Oh! she's a wicked woman, she is, a _wicked_ woman, a _very_ wicked woman; she's got some of my things because I'm behind-hand in my rent, and she says she won't give them up; but she _shall_.

    The Bed-Book of Happiness

  • I couldn't see what Brian had ever done to deserve such a fate as his, and I began to feel wicked, _wicked_.

    Everyman's Land

  • "Now you tread on dangerous ground, wicked one -- _wicked_!

    The Last Hope

  • When others are more wicked] Dr. Warburton would exchange the repeated epithet _wicked_ into _wrinkled_ in both places.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • And the title wicked one can certainly be applied to the being who instituted oaths in his own name since Jesus Chr*stos says But let your Yes be Yes, and your No, No.

    Diglotting and Debunking Jesus Mythicism

  • The word 'wicked', for example, could appear in three different Tweets with a different meaning each time.

    IT Breaks Free

  • Jeffs controls his followers by steering them away from the outside, what he calls a wicked and immoral world.

    CNN Transcript May 9, 2006

  • As shining light increases from twilight to noonday splendor, so the course of the just increases in purity, but that of the wicked is as thickest darkness, in which one knows not on what he stumbles.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • If you were tempted by what you call wicked thoughts you would not nurse them.

    Catharine Furze

  • Iniquity, regarded in the heart, will certainly spoil the comfort and success of prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

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  • New England slang for "great", often used to emphasize other superlatives, as in "wicked good."


    December 30, 2007