Word of Week (WOW) – Incorrigible

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week. To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).

I’m looking at the letter I this week: 





in·cor·ri·gi·ble   (ĭn-kôr′ĭ-jə-bəl)



Part of Speech


Related Forms:

Noun:  incorrigibility; incorrigibleness

Adverb. incorrigibly


  1. Bad beyond correction or reform; not corrigible (corrigible meaning capable of being corrected or reformed)

2.  Impervious to constraints or punishment; wilful; unruly; uncontrollable:

(e.g. William’s teachers said he was always fighting in the playground and was totally incorrigible.):

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

3.  firmly fixed; not easily changed

4.  not easily swayed or influenced

5.  (Noun) a person who is incorrigible

Word Origin:

Middle English: 1300-1350, from the Latin incorrigibilis – from in (not) corrigibilis


incurable, irrecoverable, irredeemable, irreformable, unredeemable, depraved, hopeless, delinquent, unruly, unalterable, inveterate, disobedient, unreformed, hardened, intractable


curable, reclaimable, recoverable, redeemable, reformable, remediable, retrievable, savable (or saveable) corrigible

Use in a Sentence:

1. From the time Helen had got out of bed this morning her incorrigible hair had refused to stay in any style suitable for a day showing prospective purchasers around the new apartments:


2.  ‘You’re an incorrigible old rogue, Grandad’, Mark said, unable to suppress a smile as the ruddy faced old man sidled over to the drinks cabinet and poured himself another generous Scotch. ‘You know what the doctor said about easing off on the booze, at least until after the test results. Mum’d have a fit if she knew.’

Grandad just winked, and grinned incorrigibly. ‘But yer mum’ll not know about it, will she, lad?’


3 After ten years of marriage to an incorrigible gambler, Alice had had enough: divorce was her only option:

A person playing at a gambling machine. Author: Jose Pereira. Creative Commons

A person playing at a gambling machine. Author: Jose Pereira. Creative Commons


I rather like this word, especially when used in a humorous and/or affectionate way, as in the second  ‘Use in a Sentence’ above.

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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49 Responses to Word of Week (WOW) – Incorrigible

  1. I really like this word and I love the way you have shown us how to use it!! love the pictures Millie! hahaha

  2. Great word…I know that one. I have incorrigible students and hair too , lol 🙂

  3. I use this word all the time – always directed toward my husband Andy. He’s very proud of that too.

  4. Great selection of word for the challenge, Millie, I first read this word in a novel, and immediately looked up the dictionary 😀

    • milliethom says:

      I really like this word and the ways in which it can be used, Freda. It’s one that many people know and generally like the sound of. I’ve used it a few times in my writing. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  5. Sounds like we all love this word. For me it’s not one to use when people are being properly bad, just a bit naughty 🙂

  6. amommasview says:

    Yup, learned something today… Thanks 🙂

  7. draliman says:

    How weird – “incorrigible” is in common usage, but I never heard of “corrigible” 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, corrigible isn’t a word I’ve ever heard (or seen) used, either. It is definitely a word, though – I checked. 🙂 Incorrigible is quite a common word and one that people often say to someone with a grin and a shake of the head. Thanks, Ali. 🙂

  8. I am sure you cane across a few incorrigible types in your work, Millie?

  9. that’s super interesting! And as always, described in a funny way! 🙂
    I’m curious, do you have your favourite word?

    • milliethom says:

      I have many favourite words for different things, and the more words I come across through my writing, the longer my list gets. I particulary like words that suit what they are describing. For example, filigree sound a delicate word, and it does describe delicate and decorative ornamental work. I love ethereal and ephemeral, too, and what they mean. When I was a child, I loved the word ‘lagoon’. Now I think back, it was the image that the word conjured up that fascinated me – a sleepy, blue lagoon and a tropical island. My travel lust kicked in early! 🙂

  10. Oh no, I don’t like that word, it makes me think that something’s gone wrong, a horrible, incorrigible mistake… or am I using the word wrong? Anyway, I think it has a dramatic ring to it!

    • milliethom says:

      This word tends to get used in a
      much more affectionate and jovial way than you describe, although your example is certainly one way of using it. It can mean that someone (or something) is bad beyond correction, but most people use it in a jovial way, especially to someone they would call a ‘lovable rogue’. I can’t make myself think of it as a horrible word because that’s how I’ve always used it. Still, we all like different sounds and perhaps this one just doesn’t appeal to you.

  11. inesephoto says:

    It seems I only use this word in affectionate way, it sounds very good for that 🙂 Love your word posts, love languages.

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, I’ve only used incorrigible in my writing in the affectionate sense, too. I wouldn’t think of using it to mean something really bad, although that is one of its definitions. Thank you, Inese.

  12. DG MARYOGA says:

    I have a passion for the words,there is so much behind them oftentimes,and also they have some subtle hidden meanings.You have wonderfully analysed and used the given word,dear Millie!Good night for now.Sending you my best wishes for a brilliant tomorrow 🙂 x

  13. I’ve come across this word so many times… and yet never looked up at the meaning, mostly because its use in the sentence portrays the feeling well enough. But now that I know what all it really means I can use it in my writing correctly. Thanks a lot, Millie, for sharing this word! 🙂

  14. I have always loved this word Millie. To me, it says so very much in just one word. When I hear it I always think of Tom Sawyer. LOL1

  15. I love all these examples especially the first one. It is so me getting out of bed and my incorrigible hair refuses to stay in style lol 😀 😀 😀

  16. snowbrooks says:

    The first time I heard the word “incorrigible” was while watching The Sound of Music movie when I was 7. While being introduced, Kurt tells Maria “I’m Kurt. I’m incorrigible.” I didn’t know meaning of the word. In the movie, Kurt asks Maria “What’s incorrigible?” She explains, “I think it means you want to be treated like a boy.” I decided then and there that I was definitely NOT incorrigible! Girly girl that I was.

    • milliethom says:

      Ha ha. That’s the best definition of incorrigible I’ve heard. (I’ve seen that film several times, and must have missed that bit!)
      ‘Incorrigible’ was the last WOW (Word of the Week) post I did. I keep intending to carry on but never seem to find the time. I’m going through the alphabet – for the second time – and will be doing a ‘J’ word next…eventually. I like doing these posts. Delving into the derivations and meanings of words is a good post for a writer. Heena Rathore, who started the WOW posts, is awaiting thepublication of her first book in July.
      (I can’t remember ever being a girly girl. I was a real tomboy as a child.) 🙂

      • snowbrooks says:

        I was a girly girl at that age as we lived in the city. A year later, we moved to the countryside and I became a tomboy – climbing trees, fishing, etc.. 🙂

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