Pronunciation: (rech'id), [key]
—adj., -er, -est.
1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
3. despicable, contemptible, or mean: a wretched miser.
4. poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless: a wretched job of sewing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.