- 1An unfortunate or unhappy person: can the poor wretch’s corpse tell us anything?More example sentences
poor creature, poor soul, poor thing, poor unfortunate• informal poor devil
- I asked Miss D' Lish to send us a little info to help out those unfortunate wretches who might not be familiar with her life and work.
- How I pity the unhappy wretches who are doomed to dwell in such a place!
- Will your readers kindly give just one moment's thought in comparing with their own, who are well fed, clothed, housed and cared for, the poor wretches I have described?
- 1.1 • informal A despicable or contemptible person: ungrateful wretchesMore example sentences
- And I imagine that you hold yourself above those despicable wretches?
- Except that this time we know he's not an ungrateful wretch; he's just a little happier than when we met him, and so are we.
- My hits did go up to about 200 since yesterday so why am I being an ungrateful wretch?
Old English wrecca (also in the sense 'banished person'); related to German Recke 'warrior, hero', also to the verb wreak.