\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 8 Aug. 2022 Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. Thania Garcia, Variety, 8 Aug. 2022 Return to menu Russian men, dying in war, leave many families sad, angry and silent. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 So sad to lose a friend broadcasting partner and one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Trevor Hass,, 31 July 2022 By turns funny, sad, poignant and completely real, these interwoven stories will stick with you. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 Alongside supportive, door-stop-sized guides like The 36-Hour Day and How to Care for Aging Parents are a growing list of memoirs that address the draining, sad, and unsupported experience of taking care of a family member in decline. Anna Altman, The New Republic, 26 July 2022 But it’s, uh, sad because this is, this is end of life stuff. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 26 July 2022 See More

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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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“Sad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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