- 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 saddest
Old age is the saddest and rarest way to go; I witnessed it only once.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Fated to die in the end like all the others he describes himself as “the saddest man in the world… infinitely sad.”How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
September 28, 2014
For smokers to feel good safely, sellers have to become Al Bundys of Bud, salesmen of the saddest sort.Weed Gave My Family Everything—Then Took It Away
April 9, 2014
The saddest thing for LaSalvia was that he had so much hope for the GOP after the 2012 election.The Gay Conservative Quitting the GOP Over ‘Bigotry’
January 15, 2014
Glee's tribute to Monteith was one of its saddest and best episodes.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
After the benediction came one of the saddest moments of the day.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The saddest part of loss, I think, is that one so soon gets over it.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Fairest, forlornest, and saddest of all the cities, and dearest!Poems
William D. Howells
The saddest sights have often the most ridiculous contrasts.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
The saddest smile in all creation passed across Galusha's face.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 saddest
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