it was wicked

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
I remember there was one guy who was a brilliant magician. He did this fantastic magic show just for me –the whole lot, rabbits from a hat, card tricks. Later I realized it was more for Bella’s benefit than mine –they all wanted to please her –but at the time it was wicked.
Source: White Nights by Ann Cleeves
Context: The speaker is Roddy, a Shetlandlish fiddle musician. Bella is Roddy’s aunt and grand-artist who attracted admirers and spurned lovers.

to the contrary to what I expected, it was wicked means it was excellent, wonderfull, right?

Thank you.
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    The author is British, and the character is Shetlandish, so I guess it is UK slang ("very good", according to our dictionary).

    New Englanders (northeast US) wouldn't use "wicked" this way. They would say "...it was wicked good", not "...it was wicked".
     
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