[ sad ]
/ sæd /

adjective, sad·der, sad·dest.

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.

Nearby words

  1. sacrosciatic,
  2. sacrospinal,
  3. sacrotransverse position,
  4. sacrovertebral,
  5. sacrum,
  6. sad case,
  7. sad sack,
  8. sad tree,
  9. sad-faced,
  10. sadaqat

Origin of sad

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

Related formssad·ly, adverbsad·ness, noun


[ sahd ]
/ sɑd /


the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of sād

From Arabic


seasonal affective disorder. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sad


/ (sæd) /

adjective sadder or saddest


NZ to express sadness or displeasure strongly
Derived Formssadly, adverbsadness, noun

Word Origin for sad

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


abbreviation for

seasonal affective disorder
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Word Origin and History for sad


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Medicine definitions for sad



seasonal affective disorder

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