\ 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 the spring of 1845 Thoreau could have been the sad second cousin in a Jane Austen novel. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, "In the staycation era, the art of deliberate escape," 21 May 2020 Complaining that a Leone movie is violent is like complaining that an opera is sad. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Opera," 2 May 2020 Some parts, although the circumstances are sad, have been happy, Martin said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "A chaplain listened to family of a coronavirus victim sob through the phone. Then he wept.," 22 Apr. 2020 Some are more sad or depressed about their diminished social contact. Amanat Khullar, Quartz, "Our sleep is linked to how we process coronavirus dread," 21 Apr. 2020 Everyone was sad, and everyone was grieving in complex ways. Pauls Toutonghi, The New Yorker, "Our Father’s Body," 1 Apr. 2020 The essay is both sad and cheerful, somehow, which is a familiar Brookhiser combo. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Our murderous friends, &c.," 29 Apr. 2020 How sad, but also funny, is this artificial laughter, entirely lacking any source in humor. Florence Noiville, Harper's Magazine, "Terms of Art," 30 Mar. 2020 Is the end result for us feeling less worried or sad, and others feeling supportive? Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes," 27 Mar. 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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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

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