Definition of wicked in US English:


adjectivewickeder, wickedest

  • 1Evil or morally wrong.

    ‘a wicked and unscrupulous politician’
    • ‘While they waited for the disease to burn itself out, they entertained each other with racy stories about wicked priests and randy nuns.’
    • ‘When they do appear it is often in highly stereotypical guises - evil hags, wicked stepmothers or outrageous prostitutes.’
    • ‘Yes, this kind of research is illegal and wicked.’
    • ‘Sikhs believe that God is inside every person, no matter how wicked they appear, and so everyone is capable of change.’
    • ‘‘Blacker than night were the eyes of Makiko, wicked and evil while casting her spell,’ sang Powell.’
    • ‘Her character demands that she appears a little wholesome, so we don't believe she's capable of anything wicked.’
    • ‘This darkly comic fable tells how the revenge plans for a New Year's Eve party go horribly wrong, as two wicked sisters plan the downfall of the third and most successful one.’
    • ‘Where the defendant's comment imputes corrupt, dishonest or wicked motives to the claimant the position is different.’
    • ‘‘It is a graphic reminder that we are living in a world with evil and wicked persons, like vultures waiting for their prey,’ he said.’
    • ‘Those who are good are too often portrayed as evil; indefensibly wicked acts are made less so by the way they are described.’
    • ‘As usual the hunters show complete disregard, even contempt for people who live in this village many of whom, like me, are totally opposed to this wicked and barbaric pastime.’
    • ‘Her eye caught the chest by the door, and she went to it hesitantly, feeling that its contents had been tainted somehow by the wicked man with the dark hair.’
    • ‘They began as innocent children and were gradually rendered wicked and evil and absolutely corrupt by the treatment they received at the hands of those they most trusted!’
    • ‘To call the steward dishonest, shameful, unjust, unrighteous, or wicked is too harsh.’
    • ‘These aristocrats are wicked, all right, but they're not terribly decadent.’
    • ‘One can only marvel at the fiendish and diabolical powers of darkness under Hillary's wicked command.’
    • ‘So I seek absolution from my wicked thoughts, and I promise to be calm and serene from now on.’
    • ‘It makes people depressed and pessimistic; it is the wicked thing that politicians do quite routinely.’
    • ‘‘That evil, wicked idiot,’ Dorian said after class as he and Jane walked together down the hallway.’
    • ‘Once the sins pass, the wicked are no more - not because they have come to harm, but because they are no longer truly wicked.’
    evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vile
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    1. 1.1 Intended to or capable of harming someone or something.
      ‘he should be punished for his wicked driving’
      • ‘To fend them off, he transforms himself into Paperboy, an African American superhero who punishes with paper objects and wicked paper cuts.’
      • ‘He smiled pleasantly and held up a black-gloved hand to show a short, wicked knife with a taped handle and curving blue blade.’
    2. 1.2informal Extremely unpleasant.
      ‘despite the sun, the wind outside was wicked’
      • ‘A wicked wind blew through the town, snapping shutters still open, throwing leaves into faces, pushing to the ground folks hurrying home in the falling darkness.’
      • ‘Wicked weather passing through Staten Island is responsible this evening for scattered power outages.’
      disagreeable, unpleasant, foul, fierce, bad, nasty, irksome, troublesome, annoying, irritating, vexatious, displeasing, uncomfortable, distressing, hateful, detestable, miserable, abominable, execrable, odious, invidious, objectionable
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    3. 1.3 Playfully mischievous.
      ‘Ben has a wicked sense of humor’
      • ‘As we all know, Sally had a wicked sense of humour.’
      • ‘Her husband, George, is an attorney with a wicked sense of humor and an often unique conservative slant on things.’
      • ‘But the presence of his young son brought welcome vitality to the household of the Princess, known for her vivacious character and wicked sense of humour.’
      • ‘My first old Tom cat, Jimmy, who had a wicked sense of humor, would often wait for me to get every piece in place and then casually knock it all down with a flick of one big paw.’
      • ‘Even with a language barrier, it was always possible to communicate through smiles and jollity, for the Egyptians have a very wicked sense of humour.’
      • ‘She had a droll voice and a rather wicked sense of humor.’
      • ‘Rocky had a wicked gleam in his eye and urged them on toward the door.’
      • ‘The actor grins and suddenly there's a wicked gleam in her eye.’
      • ‘Always, in the past, you could rely on wicked one-liners and glorious cameo roles.’
      • ‘He was a real wind up merchant with a wicked sense of humour - he had everyone in hysterics and he will be very sadly missed.’
      • ‘Bert grins, as only he can, with a sparkle of wicked glee and supercilious superiority.’
      • ‘In fact, it's not a bad way to get to the highlights of the day's news because most Australian political cartoonists have the ability to get to the heart of an issue with a wicked sense of humour or irony.’
      • ‘Karen, as far I could make out, was a lovely girl, very kind, but with a cheeky, wicked sense of humour that matched the impish glint in her eye.’
      • ‘She's not a dressy girl, which I like, but she's flirty and engaging, and has a wicked sense of humor.’
      • ‘She turns around and sees my wicked grin and immediately wonders what is going on.’
      • ‘He didn't give her time to respond, only flashed her a brilliant, wicked smile.’
      • ‘In person, the foreboding man in the trench coat on the back cover of The Manhattan Hunt Club is a jovial, mischievous elf with a wicked sense of humor and a love of gossip.’
      • ‘He moved a little in his sleep, a delightfully wicked smile coming on to his lips.’
      • ‘But the mirth is fleeting and the hysterical laughter, I suspect, is triggered more by nervous tension than by a wicked sense of humour.’
      • ‘Doris, her elegant mother, had Sue's same wicked sense of humour.’
      mischievous, playful, naughty, impish, roguish, arch, rascally, rakish, puckish, waggish, devilish, tricksy, cheeky, raffish, teasing
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    4. 1.4informal Excellent; wonderful.
      ‘Sophie makes wicked cakes’
      • ‘Last season was wicked awesome, as we say here in New England.’
      • ‘You spend a lot of your life waiting for something powerful and wonderful to come along and take you on a wicked ride.’
      • ‘Canada's kids' channel YTV brings you all the news that's both wicked and awesome.’
      • ‘But it's a wicked fine considering what I've been doing to avoid causing a mess.’
      • ‘The whole park is surreal - check out the wicked cool photos these gigantic swimming pools with faux-stone monuments of gods watching over.’
      • ‘Granted, there's enough wicked fretwork and cool guitar noise throughout this record to both recall past glories and satiate those in need of a modern rock fix.’
      • ‘This weblog genealogy thing is wicked awesome, but I'm not so sure how to go about it.’
      • ‘Ibiza on the other hand has wicked cool deejays and hot British chicks on holiday.’
      • ‘I hope to have photos and an entry about my new carnivorous flora soon, as they are (pardon the Californian) wicked cool.’
      • ‘Or hey, maybe you can say all you want to say to the world with ‘The Scream’ or one wicked awesome dirt bike.’
      • ‘Whatever the image, the established church just doesn't seem cool, groovy, wicked or whatever the youth of today use to replace the word ‘good’.’
      • ‘Fabulous bar with a wicked vibe and not too pretentious.’
      • ‘Whatever the case may be, anything that beeps and buzzes when it moves, and talks like an omniscient Speak & Spell, is automatically wicked boss cool.’
      • ‘This is wicked cool: to be able to jump from a social software system to your own blog - meshing the public and private spaces.’
      • ‘This album doesn't light my fire like their 1991 release ‘Soar’ but it's a fine recording by a wicked talented band.’
      • ‘The only positive note was wicked DJ-mixing some fabulous tunes.’
      • ‘The first time had been fast and wicked and wonderful.’
      • ‘All these are wicked awesome local acts, but instead we are relegated to radio-friendly unit shifters.’
      • ‘You might have a cool PDA and a wicked wallet, but if you're heading to work with a huge bulge in your pants and your lunch in a plastic bag, then you've got a lot to learn.’
      • ‘I thought it was a wicked cool quote but I never understood it.’
      excellent, superb, superlative, first-rate, first-class, superior, outstanding, remarkable, dazzling, marvellous, magnificent, wonderful, splendid, admirable, noteworthy, impressive, fine, exquisite, exceptional, glorious, sublime, peerless, perfect, of the first water
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  • no rest (or peace) for the wicked

    • humorous The speaker's heavy workload or lack of tranquility is due to their sinful life.

      • ‘My money, for what it's worth, would be on the wee guy - but it turns out there is no peace for the wicked down at Kingsholm.’
      • ‘‘Well there is no rest for the wicked,’ replied the barmaid.’
      • ‘But there's no rest for the wicked, as Anne will start almost immediately on the planning for next year's event.’
      • ‘But there is no rest for the wicked, and before I knew it I had to leave the house and make my way to school for the cursed exams.’
      • ‘I guess you all know the saying… ‘There is no rest for the wicked!’’
      • ‘There is no rest for the wicked - and those who hunt them.’
      • ‘Like the old proverb goes, there's no rest for the wicked.’
      • ‘‘Well, no rest for the wicked,’ mutters Hayley as she pulls out her own gun and checks it.’
      • ‘There is no rest for the wicked in this job - I'm back on the road tomorrow.’
      • ‘Fresh from their ‘Dramathon’ performance at the Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow last Saturday, it's no rest for the wicked for Carlow Youth Theatre, which is now preparing for a number of events over the coming months.’


Middle English: probably from Old English wicca ‘witch’ + -ed.