- 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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Examples from the Web for sadder
In fact, multiple studies have shown that people think the sadder a tragedy is, the better a movie it is.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies
June 4, 2014
Rather, as with my two late colleagues, the life is smaller, sadder, and without clear remedy.The Secret World of Drug-Addict Doctors
April 24, 2014
“What he did to the Church internally is a sadder story, most strikingly in his failure on the abuse crisis,” Berry says.The Seedy Side of Sainthood: Was John Paul II Canonized Too Fast?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 17, 2014
But he knew exactly what he was saying in that interview, and the results are sadder to contemplate than his famous errors.Arab Spring Comment Was a Romney Love Letter to the Israeli Right Wing
July 28, 2012
Also tied, Kazakhstan and Bhutan are happier than Moldova, but sadder than Laos.Who's the Happiest?
August 16, 2010
"It is, sir; but it is sadder for George than for his friends," replied Hardy.Life in London
Poor Ophelia could scarce have been sadder than we feel, Douw, at your going.In the Valley
I have one now for your ear, truer and sadder than they were.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The old man's voice was sadder than Betty had ever heard it.The Incomplete Amorist
It is a sadder voice than his own for the moment that answers, 'Only one may see me.'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
- seasonal affective disorder
- 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
Word Origin and History for sadder
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