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 But the deeper joke targets the sad reality of how home-owning has become a fantasy for many, including, as Yang’s character notes, those in their late 30s. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "SNL Is Still Political. Just Not In the Way You Think.," 7 Feb. 2021 So sad for one sick person to cause so many misery. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Green Beret charged with murder in Illinois bowling alley shooting," 28 Dec. 2020 Sports in 2020 was a 12-month emotional rollercoaster of strange, sad, inspiring and jubilant engulfed within a pandemic that caused a months-long shutdown of sports across the country and most of the world. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Sports year in review: The triumphs and tragedies of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 The case is being investigated as a homicide, authorities sad. Fox News, "Man killed in Florida Waffle House shooting," 22 Dec. 2020 Your behavior – being sad, argumentative, procrastinating, and doubting yourself at every turn – are all indicators of depression. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Depressed partner locked in shame cycle," 18 Dec. 2020 The propensity of liberal politicians to frame every policy issue or conflict as racially motivated is a sad reality of contemporary American politics. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Raphael Warnock’s Blood Libel," 13 Nov. 2020 It’s a portrait of nonstop gambling as one sad grind. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "The 25 Best Movies About Gambling," 5 Feb. 2021 Here, current and former executives reflect on their personal experiences, perseverance and determination, underscoring a sad legacy: The more some things have changed in the music business, the more things have actually stayed the same. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "On Being Black: 'Dear White Music Executives' Author Ray Daniels," 5 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of sad was in the 13th century

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24 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sad. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for sad

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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