adjective (wickeder, wickedest)
- 1Evil or morally wrong: a wicked and unscrupulous politicianMore example sentences
evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, base, mean, vile; villainous, nefarious, erring, foul, monstrous, shocking, outrageous, atrocious, abominable, depraved, reprehensible, hateful, detestable, despicable, odious, contemptible, horrible, heinous, egregious, execrable, fiendish, vicious, murderous, black-hearted, barbarous; criminal, illicit, unlawful, illegal, lawless, felonious, dishonest, unscrupulous; Law malfeasant• informal crooked• dated dastardly
- When they do appear it is often in highly stereotypical guises - evil hags, wicked stepmothers or outrageous prostitutes.
- 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!
- ‘Blacker than night were the eyes of Makiko, wicked and evil while casting her spell,’ sang Powell.
- 1.1Intended to or capable of harming someone or something: he should be punished for his wicked drivingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 • informal Extremely unpleasant: despite the sun, the wind outside was wickedMore example sentences
- Wicked weather passing through Staten Island is responsible this evening for scattered power outages.
- 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.
- 1.3Playfully mischievous: Ben has a wicked sense of humorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.4 • informal Excellent; wonderful: Sophie makes wicked cakesMore example sentences
- The first time had been fast and wicked and wonderful.
- 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.
- I thought it was a wicked cool quote but I never understood it.
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- But this is itself a grossly defamatory and wickedly unfair accusation.
- The guests inside the bar point and cackle wickedly at his rejection.
- The script is sharp, the performances wickedly knowing, and the art direction is brilliant.
Middle English: probably from Old English wicca 'witch' + -ed1.