\ 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 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 If your child is sad about not being able to have a birthday party, arrange a surprise Zoom call with family and friends. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "Bedtime Was Hard Enough. Then Came Quarantine.," 14 Apr. 2020 Funerals these days are even sadder than in normal times. The Economist, "Funerals How covid-19 is changing funerals," 8 Apr. 2020 The way to avoid this sad reality is to store your fishing rods in a rack designed for for a single purpose—to hold rods. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Store Fishing Rods," 2 Apr. 2020 Right now, many people are anxious or scared, and being sad about missing out on an important event can exacerbate those feelings. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Coronavirus is causing people to miss once-in-a-lifetime moments," 18 Mar. 2020 Adimi includes this sad denouement, but refuses to make Charlot’s life a tragedy. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 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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2 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sad. Accessed 29 May. 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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