There are 2 main definitions of sad in English:

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Syllabification: sad

adjective (sadder, saddest)

1Feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy: I was sad and subdued they looked at her with sad, anxious faces
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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 all
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
tragic, unhappy, unfortunate, awful, miserable, wretched, sorry, pitiful, pathetic, traumatic, heartbreaking, heart-rending, harrowing
unfortunate, regrettable, sorry, deplorable, lamentable, pitiful, shameful, disgraceful
2 informal Pathetically inadequate or unfashionable: the show is tongue-in-cheek—anyone who takes it seriously is a bit sad
More 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.
3(Of dough) heavy through having failed to rise.

Origin

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'.

Phrases

sad to say

1
Unfortunately, regrettably.
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.

Derivatives

saddish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Ronnie pulled up one of the benches so he could sit in front of Roberto, a saddish expression upon his face.

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