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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wicked \Wicked\ (w[i^]kt), a. Having a wick; -- used chiefly in composition; as, a two-wicked lamp. [1913 Webster]
Wicked \Wick"ed\ (w[i^]k"[e^]d), a. [OE. wicked, fr. wicke wicked; probably originally the same word as wicche wizard, witch. See Witch.] [1913 Webster]
Evil in principle or practice; deviating from morality; contrary to the moral or divine law; addicted to vice or sin; sinful; immoral; profligate; -- said of persons and things; as, a wicked king; a wicked woman; a wicked deed; wicked designs. [1913 Webster] Hence, then, and evil go with thee along, Thy offspring, to the place of evil, hell, Thou and thy wicked crew! --Milton. [1913 Webster] Never, never, wicked man was wise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
Cursed; baneful; hurtful; bad; pernicious; dangerous. [Obs.] "Wicked dew." --Shak. [1913 Webster] This were a wicked way, but whoso had a guide. --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster]
Ludicrously or sportively mischievous; disposed to mischief; roguish. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Pen looked uncommonly wicked. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] Syn: Iniquitous; sinful; criminal; guilty; immoral; unjust; unrighteous; unholy; irreligious; ungodly; profane; vicious; pernicious; atrocious; nefarious; heinous; flagrant; flagitious; abandoned. See Iniquitous. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wicked adj
1 morally bad in principle or practice [ant: virtuous]
2 having committed unrighteous acts; "a sinful person" [syn: sinful, unholy]
3 intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough" [syn: severe, terrible]
4 morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds" [syn: evil] [ant: good]
5 highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, yucky]

Moby Thesaurus

Herculean, aberrant, abnormal, abominable, abstruse, adroit, antic, arduous, arrant, atrocious, au fait, bad, baleful, barbarous, base, bitchy, black, blamable, blameworthy, blue, broad, brutal, capable, chancy, children of darkness, clever, competent, complex, criminal, critical, cussed, damnable, dark, delicate, delinquent, demanding, despiteful, deviant, difficile, difficult, disgraceful, dregs of society, evil, evildoing, exacting, execrable, felonious, flagitious, flagrant, formidable, foul, godless, good, hairy, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, hardly the thing, harmful, hateful, hazardous, heinous, ignominious, ill, illegal, immoral, impious, impish, improper, inaccurate, inappropriate, inauspicious, incorrect, indecorous, inexpedient, infamous, inferior, iniquitous, intricate, invalid, invidious, irreligious, jawbreaking, jeopardous, knavish, knotted, knotty, laborious, larkish, limbs of Satan, low, malefactory, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, malfeasant, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, mischievous, monstrous, nasty, naughty, nefarious, no picnic, not done, not easy, not the thing, noxious, off-base, off-color, operose, ornery, out-of-line, peccant, perilous, pesky, prankish, pranky, pretty, proper, purple, qualified, racy, rank, reprehensible, reprobate, rigorous, risky, roguish, rough, rugged, sacrilegious, salty, scandalous, set with thorns, severe, shady, shameful, shameless, sinful, sinister, sons of Belial, sons of men, spicy, spiny, spiteful, steep, strenuous, suggestive, terrible, the bad, the evil, the reprobate, the unrighteous, the wicked, thorny, ticklish, toilsome, tough, treacherous, tricky, troublous, ugly, un-Christly, unangelic, unchristian, uncivilized, unconscionable, undue, unfavorable, unfit, unfitting, unforgivable, ungodly, unhealthy, unholy, unkind, unlawful, unpardonable, unpleasant, unrighteous, unsaintly, unseemly, unskillful, unsound, unspeakable, unsuitable, untoward, unworthy, uphill, vexatious, vicious, vile, villainous, workmanlike, wrong, wrongdoing, wrongful


Etymology 1

From Middle English, an alteration of wicke, ultimately from the Old English word wicca or sorcerer. In the age that the Bible was written, the British candle makers used to twist their wicks before they dipped them into the candle wax so the wax would adhere to the wick. Thus the term ‘wicked’ came to mean ‘twisted’ and in the King James Bible that was written in the Old English times, being ‘wicked’ meant twisting what was righteous.


  • wĭkʹĭd, /ˈwɪkɪd/, /"wIkId/


  1. Evil or mischievous by nature; twisted.
  2. Excellent; wonderful.





  1. In the context of "New England|mostly|Maine,|and|United Kingdom|slang": very, extremely
    The band we went to see the other night was wicked loud!




Etymology 2

wick + -ed


  • wĭkt, /wɪkt/, /wIkt/

Verb form

  1. past of wick
  2. past participle of wick


  1. Having a wick.
Wicked may refer to:

The arts


  • Wicked Pictures, An American pornographic studio
  • Wicked problem, that which has incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements; and solutions to them are often difficult to recognize as such because of complex interdependencies
  • Wicked (New England slang), New England slang term slang for "very" or "really," as in "The city of Boston is wicked old" or "That movie is wicked bad." Although the expression originated in Maine, it is now used across New England.
wicked in Italian: Wicked
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