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[ sad ]


, sad·der, sad·dest.
  1. affected by unhappiness or grief; sorrowful or mournful:

    to feel sad because a close friend has moved away.

    Synonyms: melancholy, dejected, depressed, downhearted, downcast, gloomy, discouraged, disconsolate, despondent, unhappy

    Antonyms: happy

  2. expressive of or characterized by sorrow:

    sad looks;

    a sad song.

  3. causing sorrow:

    a sad disappointment;

    sad news.

  4. (of color) somber, dark, or dull; drab.
  5. deplorably bad; sorry:

    a sad attempt.

  6. Obsolete. firm or steadfast.



[ sahd ]


  1. the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.


  1. seasonal affective disorder.



abbreviation for

  1. seasonal affective disorder



/ sæd /


  1. feeling sorrow; unhappy
  2. causing, suggestive, or expressive of such feelings

    a sad story

  3. unfortunate; unsatisfactory; shabby; deplorable

    her clothes were in a sad state

  4. informal.
    ludicrously contemptible; pathetic

    he's a sad, boring little wimp

  5. (of pastry, cakes, etc) not having risen fully; heavy
  6. (of a colour) lacking brightness; dull or dark
  7. archaic.
    serious; grave


  1. to express sadness or displeasure strongly

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsadly, adverb
  • ˈsadness, noun

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Other Words From

  • sad·ly adverb
  • sad·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sad1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English sæd “grave, heavy, weary,” originally “sated, full”; cognate with German satt, Gothic saths “full, satisfied”; akin to Latin satis “enough,” satur “sated,” Greek hádēn “enough.” See satiate, saturate

Origin of sad2

From Arabic

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sad1

Old English sæd weary; related to Old Norse sathr, Gothic saths, Latin satur, satis enough

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Example Sentences

“I’m personally sad that two parents would be out to ruin a program, ruin people’s livelihoods because their children didn’t work hard enough or made mistakes,” Clark said.

The sad part is that when talking about this topic, I noticed how hard it actually is for Googlers to get the SEO community to change our ways.

In a blog post, Amazon simply says that “positivity” measures how happy or sad a voice sounds.

From Quartz

“Rather than do a watered-down, sad version of our television show with one person in a 2,000-square-foot set with nobody in the background, let’s just shift it at home,” said Bishop.

From Digiday

This is especially interesting when comparing it to unemployment searches, which is a very sad side effect of the economy shut down.

Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.

Haha, what a sad thing to be great at, but yeah, I guess I am.

A sad-faced orange Star of David flashed across the iPhone screen as we swiped left on “James” (not his real name).

Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.

The trio formed the Sad Boys collective, with Sherm and Gud on production and Lean manning the mic.

The sad end of the mission to King M'Bongo has been narrated in the body of this work.

All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.

She looked up at him with sad and eloquent eyes, which softened his heart in spite of himself.

It was a sad day for Ramona and Alessandro when the kindly Hyers pulled up their tent-stakes and left the valley.

Somehow it made me feel sad to hear it, and a sense of the transitoriness of things came over me.