- The definition of sad is bad behavior that should be condemned.
An example of sad is how you would describe the behavior of a man who treats his wife badly.
- Sad is defined as feeling upset or unhappy about something, often shown physically with a frown.
An example of sad is how a child looks when his parent goes away.
A sad child.
sad definition by Webster's New World
- having, expressing, or showing low spirits or sorrow; unhappy; mournful; sorrowful
- causing or characterized by dejection, melancholy, or sorrow
- dark or dull in color; drab
- Informal very bad; deplorable
- Dialectal heavy or soggy: a sad cake
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English sæd, sated, full, hence having feelings associated, association with satiety, akin to German satt, sated ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sā-, satisfied, sated from source Classical Latin satis, enough, Old Irish sāith, satiety
sad definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective sad·der, sad·dest
- Affected or characterized by sorrow or unhappiness.
- Expressive of sorrow or unhappiness.
- Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing: a sad movie; sad news.
- Deplorable; sorry: a sad state of affairs; a sad excuse.
- Dark-hued; somber.
Origin: Middle English, weary, sorrowful, from Old English sǽd, sated, weary; see sā- in Indo-European roots.
- sadˈly adverb
- sadˈness noun