- affected by unhappiness or grief; sorrowful or mournful: to feel sad because a close friend has moved away.
- expressive of or characterized by sorrow: sad looks; a sad song.
- causing sorrow: a sad disappointment; sad news.
- (of color) somber, dark, or dull; drab.
- deplorably bad; sorry: a sad attempt.
- Obsolete. firm or steadfast.
Origin of sad
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- the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of sād
- seasonal affective disorder.
Examples from the Web for sad
Haha, what a sad thing to be great at, but yeah, I guess I am.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
The trio formed the Sad Boys collective, with Sherm and Gud on production and Lean manning the mic.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
When it was announced that Jourdan Dunn would be the first black model to cover British Vogue in twelve years it made me sad.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
The sad fact is that more than 41 percent of trans people admit making at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
As the train started he swung himself off with a sad little "Be good to yourself!"The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Those found were in a sad state for want of water, and there was not a moment to lose.Explorations in Australia
Their interviews were first blissful, then anxious, then sad, then stormy.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I was oppressed, grieved, sickened, at the sad presentation of humanity.
"I couldn't be sad for long with you about, Emma," she said affectionately.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- feeling sorrow; unhappy
- causing, suggestive, or expressive of such feelingsa sad story
- unfortunate; unsatisfactory; shabby; deplorableher clothes were in a sad state
- British informal ludicrously contemptible; pathetiche's a sad, boring little wimp
- (of pastry, cakes, etc) not having risen fully; heavy
- (of a colour) lacking brightness; dull or dark
- archaic serious; grave
- NZ to express sadness or displeasure strongly
- seasonal affective disorder
Word Origin and History for sad
Old English sæd "sated, full, having had one's fill (of food, drink, fighting, etc.), weary of," from Proto-Germanic *sathaz (cf. Old Norse saðr, Middle Dutch sat, Dutch zad, Old High German sat, German satt, Gothic saþs "satiated, sated, full"), from PIE *seto- (cf. Latin satis "enough, sufficient," Greek hadros "thick, bulky," Old Church Slavonic sytu, Lithuanian sotus "satiated," Old Irish saith "satiety," sathach "sated"), from root *sa- "to satisfy" (cf. Sanskrit a-sinvan "insatiable").
Sense development passed through the meaning "heavy, ponderous" (i.e. "full" mentally or physically), and "weary, tired of" before emerging c.1300 as "unhappy." An alternative course would be through the common Middle English sense of "steadfast, firmly established, fixed" (e.g. sad-ware "tough pewter vessels") and "serious" to "grave." In the main modern sense, it replaced Old English unrot, negative of rot "cheerful, glad."
Meaning "very bad" is from 1690s. Slang sense of "inferior, pathetic" is from 1899; sad sack is 1920s, popularized by World War II armed forces (specifically by cartoon character invented by Sgt. George Baker, 1942, and published in U.S. Armed Forces magazine "Yank"), probably a euphemistic shortening of common military slang phrase sad sack of shit.
- seasonal affective disorder