sad

adjective
\ 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

Adjective

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 prospect is doubly sad when the player in question is one of the sport’s most graceful. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019 But Brandon, lost and sad, can’t bring himself to confront her. Melodie Smith, cleveland.com, "In ‘Changeland,’ Seth Green graduates from ‘Robot Chicken’ to grown-up comedy (movie review)," 6 June 2019 As for fans, reactions to the out-of-left-field cancellation news have been mixed: Some feel sad, some expressed surprise, and an overwhelming majority had no idea the show still ran in the first place (sorry, Chris). Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Has Been Cancelled After 20 Years," 25 May 2019 Scary, aggressive, powerful, weak, pretty, ugly, boring, sad, happy, etc. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Scary, Pretty Flower Paintings of Shara Hughes," 30 Apr. 2019 Day after day left me feeling sad, worried, angry — and helpless. Paula Spencer Scott, Woman's Day, "I Participated in a Clinical Study to See if I Had Dementia — Here's What I Learned," 26 Mar. 2019 While that’s probably going to make some fans of technology and PC gaming sad, everyone is entitled to decide how to spend their cash. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 Mar. 2019 In response, people were sad, and sometimes defiant, because eating cookie dough is one of the great pleasures of being alive, along with petting dogs. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "2018 was a difficult year for cookies," 21 Dec. 2018 Whereas the p-value gauges the certainty that one variable is affecting another—for example, screens making us sad—PVE reveals the magnitude of the effect. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of sad

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sad

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English sæd sated; akin to Old High German sat sated, Latin satis enough

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sad

adjective
\ 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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