sād

[sahd]

noun

the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of sād

From Arabic
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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)

SAD

abbreviation for

seasonal affective disorder

sad

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

verb

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

sad

adj.

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.

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sads in Medicine

SAD

abbr.

seasonal affective disorder
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