adjective (sadder, saddest)
- 1Feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy: I was sad and subdued they looked at her with sad, anxious facesMore example sentences
unhappy, sorrowful, dejected, regretful, depressed, downcast, miserable, downhearted, down, despondent, despairing, disconsolate, out of sorts, desolate, bowed down, wretched, glum, gloomy, doleful, dismal, blue, melancholy, melancholic, low-spirited, mournful, woeful, woebegone, forlorn, crestfallen, broken-hearted, heartbroken, inconsolable, grief-stricken
- Every time I felt unhappy and sad I just ate what I wanted and made myself sick.
- The last twenty years of Plumb's life were increasingly sad, lonely and unhappy.
- As I saw him off at the airport, I was at once proud of him, sad and anxious - he was my little brother.
- 1.1Causing or characterized by sorrow or regret; unfortunate and regrettable: he told her the sad story of his life a sad day for us allMore example sentences
tragic, unhappy, unfortunate, awful, sorrowful, miserable, cheerless, wretched, sorry, pitiful, pitiable, grievous, traumatic, upsetting, depressing, distressing, dispiriting, heartbreaking, heart-rending, agonizing, harrowing• rare distressfulregrettable, sorry, wretched, deplorable, lamentable, pitiful, pitiable, pathetic, shameful, disgraceful
- I think it is a sad reflection on society that teenage girls can get pregnant.
- It is a sad reflection on our societies that we have to escape from reality in these ways.
- The woman who helped my mother was in a very sad situation, unfortunately not uncommon at the time.
- 2 • informal Pathetically inadequate or unfashionable: the show is tongue-in-cheek—anyone who takes it seriously is a bit sadMore example sentences
- I now feel sad and inadequate that I don't have enough bookmarks to make filing and indexing them an issue.
- Food shopping as I've said before is one of the highlights of my pathetically sad week.
- Human nature and its failings are given a crude inspection, at times becoming a sad, pathetic spectacle.
sad to say
- Unfortunately, regrettably: sad to say, science is no longer pureMore example sentences
- I'm sad to say that I regretted my decision to come the moment I stepped in.
- I'm sad to say that my success as a basketball scientist was short-lived.
- Yes, sad to say, but American hegemony puts more money in the hands of those who believe everything is fair in business and in war.
Old English sæd 'sated, weary', also 'weighty, dense', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zat and German satt, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin satis 'enough'. The original meaning was replaced in Middle English by the senses 'steadfast, firm' and 'serious, sober', and later 'sorrowful'.