1. <psychology> Grieved for the loss of some good; pained for some evil; feeling regret; now generally used to express light grief or affliction, but formerly often used to express deeper feeling.

2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. "All full of chirking was this sorry place." (Chaucer)

Synonyms: Hurt, afflicted, mortified, vexed, chagrined, melancholy, dismal, poor, mean, pitiful.

Origin: OE. Sory, sary, AS. Sarig, fr. Sar, sore. See Sore, & The original sense was, painful; hence. Miserable, sad.

(04 Mar 1998)