- 1In a sad manner: he smiled sadlyMore example sentences
- Near the end of the meal I looked up at my two brilliant companions and smiled sadly and shyly.
- They started dancing, and I smiled sadly, wishing I had a relationship even half as wonderful as theirs.
- I look up at him and he's smiling so sadly that tears cloud my eyes before I can even look down.
- 2 [sentence adverb] It is a sad or regrettable fact that; unfortunately: sadly, the forests of Sulawesi are now under threatMore example sentences
- I myself have long hoped to be a minion to Cruella Deville, but sadly my youthful dreams have been to no avail.
- I pity their unhappy lives, but sadly there isn't a terrible great deal I can do to get them out and away from it.
- And sadly, it's not terribly different from what is actually being done in some churches.
- 2.1 [as submodifier] To a regrettable extent; regrettably: his schemes went sadly awryMore example sentences
- I am growing sadly accustomed to his disregard for the views of the people of the town.
- They think of Hughes as a man who played for the shirt - a trait sadly lacking nowadays.
- Instead, it's a sadly bloated and floundering example of an experiment gone awry.
More definitions of sadlyDefinition of sadly in:
- The US English dictionary