EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wicked, wikked, an alteration of Middle English wicke, wikke (morally perverse, evil, wicked). Possibly from an adjectival use of Old English wiċċa (wizard, sorcerer), from Proto-Germanic *wikkô (necromancer, sorcerer), though the phonology makes this theory difficult to explain.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: wĭkʹĭd, IPA(key): /ˈwɪkɪd/
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AdjectiveEdit

wicked (comparative wickeder or more wicked, superlative wickedest or most wicked)

  1. Evil or mischievous by nature.
    Synonyms: evil, immoral, malevolent, malicious, nefarious, twisted, villainous; see also Thesaurus:evil
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 6, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. […]’.
    • 1989, Chris Isaak (lyrics and music), “Wicked Game”, in Heart Shaped World:
      What a wicked game to play, to make me feel this way / What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you / What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way
    Genuine cowards follow the wicked and cannot reliably sustain any virtue.
  2. (slang) Excellent; awesome; masterful.
    Synonyms: awesome, bad, cool, dope, excellent, far out, groovy, hot, rad; see also Thesaurus:excellent
    That was a wicked guitar solo, bro!
Usage notesEdit

Use of "wicked" as an adjective (in the sense of "extreme, awesome") rather than an adverb ("extremely") is considered an error if it is being used to suggest a Boston dialect.[1] However, that is not necessarily the case in other New England dialects.

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wicked (not comparable)

  1. (slang, New England, Britain) Very, extremely.
    Synonyms: hella, helluv (both Californian/regional, and both potentially considered mildly vulgar)
    The band we went to see the other night was wicked loud!
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Etymology 2Edit

See wick.

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VerbEdit

wicked

  1. simple past tense and past participle of wick

AdjectiveEdit

wicked (not comparable)

  1. Having a wick.
    a two-wicked lamp
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Etymology 3Edit

See wick.

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AdjectiveEdit

wicked

  1. (Britain, dialect, obsolete) Active; brisk.
  2. (Britain, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) Infested with maggots.
  3. Alternative form of wick, as applying to inanimate objects only.

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Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wicked

  1. Alternative form of wikked