1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. "To what wretched state reserved!" Milton.

O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind
Than to the wretched mortals left behind.

2. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.

3. Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked. [Obs.] "Wretched ungratefulness." Sir P. Sidney.

Nero reigned after this Claudius, of all men wretchedest, ready to all manner [of] vices.

(Wretch"ed*ly), adv. In a wretched manner; miserably; despicable.

(Wretch"ed*ness), n.

1. The quality or state of being wretched; utter misery. Sir W. Raleigh.

2. A wretched object; anything despicably. [Obs.]

Eat worms and such wretchedness.

(Wretch"ful) a. Wretched. [Obs.] Wyclif.

(Wretch"less), a. [See Reckless.] Reckless; hence, disregarded. [Obs.] — Wretch"less*ly, adv. [Obs.] — Wretch"less*ness, n. [Obs.] Bk. of Com. Prayer.

Your deaf ears should listen
Unto the wretchless clamors of the poor.
J. Webster.

(Wrey) v. t. See Wray. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Wrie) a. & v. See Wry. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Wrig) v. i. To wriggle. [Obs.] Skelton.

(Wrig"gle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wriggled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wriggling ] [Freq. of wrig, probably from OE. wrikken to move to and fro; cf. LG. wriggeln, D. wrikken, Sw. vricka, Dan. vrikke.] To move the body to and fro with short, writhing motions, like a worm; to squirm; to twist uneasily or quickly about.

Both he and successors would often wriggle in their seats,
as long as the cushion lasted.

(Wrig"gle), v. t. To move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting and squirming; like a worm.

Covetousness will wriggle itself out at a small hole.

Wriggling his body to recover
His seat, and cast his right leg over.

(Wrig"gle), a. Wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible. [Obs.] "Their wriggle tails." Spenser.

(Wrig"gler) n. One who, or that which, wriggles. Cowper.

(Wright) n. [OE. wrighte, writhe, AS. wyrtha, fr. wyrcean to work. &radic145. See Work.] One who is engaged in a mechanical or manufacturing business; an artificer; a workman; a manufacturer; a mechanic; esp., a worker in wood; — now chiefly used in compounds, as in millwright, wheelwright, etc.

He was a well good wright, a carpenter.

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