sad

adjective
\ ˈsad How to pronounce sad (audio) \
sadder; saddest

Definition of sad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness : downcast
b(1) : causing or associated with grief or unhappiness : depressing sad news
(2) : regrettable, deplorable a sad relaxation of morals— C. W. Cunnington
c : of little worth
2 : of a dull somber color

Definition of SAD (Entry 2 of 2)

seasonal affective disorder

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Other Words from sad

Adjective

sadness noun

Examples of sad in a Sentence

Adjective He's feeling sad because his pet died. People were sad that he was leaving. The experience left her sadder but wiser. Have you heard the sad news about his wife's illness? It'll be a sad day when you leave us. a movie with a sad ending He lived a sad life. The sad fact of the matter is that they are right. The new version is a sad imitation of the original movie. We needed more money but, sad to say, there wasn't any.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Both were repotted this year and both are super sad. oregonlive, 6 June 2021 The sad truth is our cause was set back by over 60 years of brutal and misogynistic oppression by the Burmese military. Mimi Aye, Time, 1 June 2021 But what is really sad is all those stores and restaurants that had to close forever. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 26 May 2021 To have the blues is not necessarily about being sad. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, 26 May 2021 This gets the bottom spot by default, merely because the 2020 theatrical movie year was so...sad. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 25 May 2021 Brandon looked so sad when Julia didn’t know his favorite color! Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 10 May 2021 Fitzgerald had a way of making even sad songs joyful. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2021 Your passionate nature drives you to go to the Moon and back for the people in your life, but the sad truth is that not everyone is worth all the effort. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of sad

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sad

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English sæd sated; akin to Old High German sat sated, Latin satis enough

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The first known use of sad was in the 13th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Sad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sad. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for sad

sad

adjective
\ ˈsad How to pronounce sad (audio) \
sadder; saddest

Kids Definition of sad

1 : feeling or showing sorrow or unhappiness I'm sad that you're leaving. The dog had sad eyes.
2 : causing sorrow or unhappiness sad news

Other Words from sad

sadly adverb
sadness noun

Medical Definition of SAD

seasonal affective disorder

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