sad sack


Definition of sad sack

US, informal
: a blundering, inept person … a sad sack so unlucky in love that when his girlfriend splits, his family sides with her.— Rand Richards Cooper

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Other Words from sad sack

sad-sack \ ˈsad-​ˌsak How to pronounce sad sack (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sad sack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His playful, sad sack persona was in direct contrast to some of the harder core hip hop that had become popular in the late 1980s. Lisa Respers France And Andy Rose, CNN, 16 July 2021 Putting Vernon, the familiar sad sack, at the helm of her ship of queers, vagrants, immigrants, and spinsters, grants her a certain immunity—his problems will be read as societal ones rather than female ones. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 The sad sack Sabres, paced by a Sam Reinhart hat trick and steady work in net by Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who made his NHL debut, moved to the lead in the second period and rolled to an easy, low-contact 6-4 win over the Bruins., 23 Apr. 2021 Under the tutelage of the endlessly conniving Trevor, Tom recalls Roberto Benigni, a sad sack forever landing on his feet. John Domini, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 After avenging his family’s honor, Odenkirk’s sad sack husband encounters seven drunken thugs threatening a woman on his bus. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2021 After avenging his family's honor, Odenkirk's sad sack husband encounters seven drunken thugs threatening a woman on his bus. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 Then entered the night ranked 28th overall in the league for 5-on-5 scoring, only better than the likes of Nashville, Dallas and the sad sack Sabres., 18 Mar. 2021 Cap is a bit of a sad sack, constantly fretting about his car being booted in Hawaii, while Rook leans more toward bureaucrat than astronaut, obsessing over environmental impact reports. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sad sack

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Sad sack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sad sack

US, informal + old-fashioned : a person who is not successful or able to do things well : an inept person who causes feelings of pity or disgust in other people


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