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 kindWaller.
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.Capgrave.
(Wretch"ed*ly), adv. In a wretched manner; miserably; despicable.
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.Chaucer.
(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 listenJ. Webster.
Unto the wretchless clamors of the poor.
(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
Both he and successors would often wriggle in their seats,Swift.
as long as the cushion lasted.
(Wrig"gle), v. t. To move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting and squirming; like a
Covetousness will wriggle itself out at a small hole.Fuller.
Wriggling his body to recoverHudibras.
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.Chaucer.