\ 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


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 In between there was a sad series of single heartbreaking moments. Casey L. Moore, USA TODAY, "Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 NBA championship delivered city, fans long-awaited day in the sun," 20 June 2020 Food Network star and Kentucky-native Damaris Phillips recalled how her father had some sweet relationship advice for her after a particularly sad break-up. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Father knows best: Sage wisdom and silly sayings from Louisville dads on this Father's Day," 19 June 2020 The cactus gave people fruit, which Liston said was a good outcome to a sad tale. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Will the iconic saguaro cactus start to disappear from parts of the Southwest?," 18 June 2020 During Rob's stay, Carol felt alone, sad, concerned and feared the unknown. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "The psychological benefits of prayer: What science says about the mind-soul connection," 17 June 2020 But that sad music grew out of sharecropper struggle. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Loretta Little Looks Back, a new middle-grade novel about black suffrage," 17 June 2020 The work of the creative icon of their generation often brings me to the question: Why is Kendrick so sad? Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker, "The Trayvon Generation," 15 June 2020 It’s still sad—there’s already not enough comedies and human stories in theaters anymore. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Judd Apatow Is Okay With Not Being Funny," 11 June 2020 At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd... George Petras, USA Today, "200 of Trump’s tweets singled out protests, police following George Floyd death," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of sad


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

History and Etymology for sad


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

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Cite this Entry

“Sad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sad. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for sad

\ 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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