the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Nearby words

  1. södertälje,
  2. sörenstam,
  3. súgán,
  4. sûreté,
  5. süchow,
  6. sīn,
  7. s‐mail,
  8. t,
  9. t & g,
  10. t and a

Origin of sād

From Arabic

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Examples from the Web for sads

  • I arrive at Edimbourg by a morning of the most sads; the sky grey, the earth wet, the air humid.

British Dictionary definitions for sads


n acronym for

sudden adult death syndrome: the sudden death of an apparently healthy adult, for which no cause can be found at postmortem

Word Origin for SADS

late C20: by analogy with SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)


abbreviation for

seasonal affective disorder


adjective sadder or saddest

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
Derived Formssadly, adverbsadness, noun

Word Origin for sad

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

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Word Origin and History for sads


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Medicine definitions for sads



seasonal affective disorder

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