Date: 1200-1300
Origin: wick 'wicked' (12-20 centuries), perhaps from Old English wicca; WITCH


1 behaving in a way that is morally wrong [= evil]:
the wicked stepmother in 'Hansel and Gretel'
2 informal behaving badly in a way that is amusing:
Carl had a wicked grin on his face as he crept up behind Ellen.
Tara hasn't lost her wicked sense of humour.
3 spoken informal very good:
That's a wicked bike!
wickedly adverb
wickedness noun [uncountable]
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous

bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre

of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal

bad at doing something: be no good at something

very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent

morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate

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