sad

adjective
\ ˈsad \
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

sadly adverb
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

Bongwan starts to reevaluate his behavior when confronted with Areum's positive influence, and his transformation provides this sad film with a glimmer of hope. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 Whitney’ is too funereal to be a party, too sad, strange and dismaying to cheer. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Transformations in 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Whitney'," 8 July 2018 Assuming that people in 1950 felt the same way about particular jobs as people do now, workers today are less sad, less tired and in less pain. The Economist, "The changing world of work," 28 June 2018 The selection of OUTVETS’ Bryan Bishop would seem to signal the end of a sad and sordid history that at one point reached all the way to the Supreme Court. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Finally, a parade for all Southie to love. But what took so long?," 14 July 2018 What is alarming and sad and part of reality is to realize all of this food culture can be lost in one or two generations. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Korean-American chef's 'melting pot' journey includes fond visit to Wisconsin," 25 June 2018 On Sunday, William shared how sad Kate was to miss this trip. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince William Just Recreated One of Kate Middleton's Sweet Childhood Photos in Jordan," 25 June 2018 Waking up to the daily barrage of images and audio of terrified, inconsolable children in chainlink cages crying for their parents has left a lot of people feeling sad and helpless. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What You Can Do to Help Immigrant Children Being Separated From Their Parents at the Border," 19 June 2018 Of the many lessons Rogers gently gifted his audience, a chief one was that all emotions are valid, even the sad and angry ones. David G. Allan, CNN, "Mister Rogers, television's polite radical," 8 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for sad

sad

adjective
\ ˈsad \
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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