- 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.
- 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.
A sad child.
- 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 of sadMiddle 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
- Showing, expressing, or feeling sorrow or unhappiness: a sad face.
- Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing: a sad movie; sad news.
- Deplorable or inadequate; sorry: a sad state of affairs; a sad excuse.
- Dark-hued; somber.
Origin of sadMiddle English, weary, sorrowful, from Old English sæd, sated, weary; see sā- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative sadder, superlative saddest)
- Francis Bacon
- ripe and sad courage
- Ld. Berners
- which treaty was wisely handled by sad and discrete counsel of both parties
- Of colours: dark, deep; later, sombre, dull.
- Feeling sorrow; sorrowful, mournful.
- She gets sad when he's away.
- Appearing sorrowful.
- The puppy had a sad little face.
- Causing sorrow; lamentable.
- It's a sad fact that most rapes go unreported.
- Poor in quality, bad; shameful, deplorable; later, regrettable, poor.
- That's the saddest-looking pickup truck I've ever seen.
- (slang) Unfashionable; socially inadequate or undesirable.
- I can't believe you use drugs; you're so sad!
- (dialect) Soggy (to refer to pastries).
- Chalky lands are naturally cold and sad.
From Middle English sad, from Old English sæd (“sated with, weary of, satiated, filled, full”), from Proto-Germanic *sadaz (“sated, satisfied”), from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂- (“to satiate, satisfy”). Cognate with West Frisian sêd, Dutch zat (“sated, drunk”), German satt (“well-fed, full”), Danish sat, Norwegian sad, Gothic (saþs, “full, satisfied”), and through Indo-European, with Latin satur (“well-fed, sated”). Related to sate.