sad·​ly ˈsad-lē How to pronounce sadly (audio)
: in a sad manner : in a way that shows sadness or unhappiness
They spoke sadly of their loss.
She shook her head sadly.
He walked away sadly.
: in a way that causes feelings of sadness, disappointment, or regret
a garden that has been sadly neglected for many years
What was top-of-the-line when the house was built was by now sadly outdated.Sue Grafton
The Greek populations of these great cities are now sadly diminished or gone altogether, leaving them much duller places.Robert Fox
: unfortunately
used to say that something is sad, unfortunate, or regrettable
Sadly, you can upload a perfectly working website today and return a few months later to find that many of its external links have died off.Matthew MacDonald
Is there a way to get the virus out of an afflicted cat's system? "Sadly, no," says Dr. [James] Richards.Tom Ewing

Examples of sadly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was minimal damage to an Israeli air base, which remained functional, and sadly a seven-year-old girl from a Bedouin village suffered a serious head wound. The Editors, National Review, 14 Apr. 2024 Although Winehouse’s career was sadly cut short through alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27 in 2011, her stage presence and style became almost as instantly recognizable as her voice. Alex Ritman, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 Without question, there are Americans who are hurting financially — sadly, this is always true to some extent, especially given the weakness of America’s social safety net. Paul Krugman, The Mercury News, 11 Apr. 2024 If this was the case, the actor was, sadly, unsuccessful. Sam Reed, Glamour, 11 Apr. 2024 The floor is probably another 100-loss season, sadly. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024 Besides shining a light on some wonderful yet sadly overlooked artists, the exhibit delivers a colorful look at the evolution of musical and artistic tastes through the decades. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 And one of the biggest ones that carried over was something innately in the project that, sadly, is still a topic of discussion today. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 On Thursday, the Tennessee establishment confirmed giraffe Angela Kate had sadly died after falling and injuring herself while in the exhibit area overnight on March 5. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sadly was in the 14th century

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“Sadly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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