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Etymology 1Edit

1225–75, Middle English wikked, wikke, an alteration of wicke, adjectival use of Old English wicca (wizard, sorcerer), from Proto-Germanic *wikkô (necromancer, sorcerer).

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  • enPR: wĭkʹĭd, IPA(key): /ˈwɪkɪd/
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wicked (comparative wickeder or more wicked, superlative wickedest or most wicked)

  1. Evil or mischievous by nature.
    • 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”. […]’.
  2. (slang) Excellent; awesome; masterful
    That was a wicked guitar solo, bro!
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wicked (not comparable)

  1. (slang, New England, Britain) Very, extremely.
    The band we went to see the other night was wicked loud!
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NounEdit

wicked pl (plural only)

  1. People who are wicked.[1]
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Etymology 2Edit

See wick.

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wicked

  1. simple past tense and past participle of wick

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wicked (not comparable)

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

See wick.

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wicked

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

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AdjectiveEdit

wicked

  1. Alternative form of wikked