\ 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

Other Words from sad


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But to live with doubt means accepting the sad, cruel, surprising and sometimes wonderful capriciousness of the world. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 For instance, an assessment might ask teachers how frequently a student engages in arguing and impulsive behavior or is sad. Nathaniel Von Der Embse, The Conversation, 3 June 2022 The Good News: Be sympathetic towards those who are sad, and be excited for those who are happy. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 May 2022 But longtime Marble Madness fans may be sad to learn that this leak represents the second, trackball-free prototype of the game, which definitely suffers somewhat for its reliance on joystick controls. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 26 May 2022 The loss of any newspaper is sad but creates an even larger void in a small town. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 Goldberg said the whole situation is sad, and the facts are disturbing. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 24 May 2022 What’s the sad news that drives that fact home again this week. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 9 June 2022 Even the entrance to the complex is kind of sad, off a small-town square with a curious work of menacing public art. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sad


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

History and Etymology for sad


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

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“Sad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for sad


\ 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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