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 Feeling like a sad sack of coal during the holidays is far from unusual. New York Times, "Yes, It’s O.K. to Be Sad During the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2019 After all, the constitutional guarantee of equal justice under the law is supposed to mean that McCabe gets the same quality of justice afforded to the sad sacks pursued with unseemly zeal by McCabe’s FBI and Robert Mueller’s prosecutors. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?," 15 Feb. 2020 Only sad sacks and lunaediesophobes think Monday is the worst day of the week. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Angry Nerd: You're All Wrong About the Worst Day of the Week," 17 Dec. 2019 Shawn Kilgore is Charlie, and mixes the sad sack’s despair with a spark of optimism. Matthew J. Palm,, "A great production for good ol’ Charlie Brown | Review," 6 Dec. 2019 Then came a loss to the Habs and another to the sad sack Dead Wings., "Well, call it the Bruin in you.," 11 Nov. 2019 The 49ers, the sad sacks who entered the season with 18 wins in their previous 69 games, improved to 5-0 and kept pace with the Patriots as the NFL’s only unbeaten teams. Eric Branch,, "49ers remain unbeaten, ride defense to 20-7 defeat of Rams," 13 Oct. 2019 And unlike these five sad sack losers, the Beavers didn’t have to take a plane ride home to compound the misery. oregonlive, "The sky is not falling on Oregon State, Utah edition: 10 takeaways from a 52-7 Beavers beatdown," 13 Oct. 2019 In addition to poop, Tala Madani’s paintings have featured lonely sad sacks who vomit rainbows, feral infants who sketch with urine and pudgy everymen who ejaculate patterns worthy of Abstract Expressionist paintings. Los Angeles Times, "Feral babies and moms made of poo: How painter Tala Madani tweaks Western art," 21 Sep. 2019

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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 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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