\ 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


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

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sad.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sadness. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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dull or mediocre

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