What does sad mean?

Definitions for sad

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sad.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sadadjective

    experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness

    "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti

  2. sadadjective

    of things that make you feel sad

    "sad news"; "she doesn't like sad movies"; "it was a very sad story"; "When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me"- Christina Rossetti

  3. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorryadjective

    bad; unfortunate

    "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"


  1. sadadjective

    Sated, having had one's fill; satisfied, weary.

  2. sadadjective

    Steadfast, valiant.

  3. sadadjective

    Dignified, serious, grave.

  4. sadadjective

    Of colours: dark, deep; later, sombre, dull.

  5. sadadjective

    Feeling sorrow; sorrowful, mournful.

    She gets sad when he's away.

  6. sadadjective

    Appearing sorrowful.

    The puppy had a sad little face.

  7. sadadjective

    Causing sorrow; lamentable.

    It's a sad fact that most rapes go unreported.

  8. sadadjective

    Poor in quality, bad; shameful, deplorable; later, regrettable, poor.

  9. sadadjective

    Unfashionable; socially inadequate or undesirable.

    I can't believe you use drugs; you're so sad!

  10. sadadjective

    soggy (to refer to pastries).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SADadjective

    Etymology: Of this word, so frequent in the language, the etymology is not known. It is probably a contraction of sagged, heavy, burthened, overwhelmed, from To sag, to load.

    Do you think I shall not love a sad Pamela so well as a joyful? Philip Sidney.

    I now must change
    Those notes to tragick; sad task! John Milton.

    Six brave companions from each ship we lost:
    With sails outspread we fly th’ unequal strife,
    Sad for their loss, but joyful of our life. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    It ministreth unto men, and other creatures, all celestial influences: it dissipateth those sad thoughts and sorrows, which the darkness both begetteth and maintaineth. Walter Raleigh.

    See in her cell sad Eloisa spread,
    Propp’d on some tomb, a neighbour of the dead. Alexander Pope.

    He with utterance grave, and countenance sad,
    From point to point discours’d his voyage. Edmund Spenser.

    The lady Katharine, a sad and religious woman, when Henry VIII’s resolution of a divorce from her was first made known, said that she had not offended; but it was a judgment of God, for that her former marriage was made in blood. Francis Bacon.

    If it were an embassy of weight, choice was made of some sad person of known judgment and experience, and not of a young man, not weighed in state matters. Francis Bacon.

    A sad wise valour is the brave complexion
    That leads the van, and swallows up the cities:
    The gigler is a milk-maid, whom inflection,
    Or a fir’d beacon, frighteth from his ditties. George Herbert.

    These qualifications make him a sad husband. Addison.

    Crystal, in its reduction into powder, hath a vale and shadow of blue; and in its coarse pieces is of a sadder hue than the powder of Venice glass. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    I met him accidentally in London in sad coloured clothes,
    far from being costly. Izaak Walton, Life of Bp. Sanderson.

    Scarce any tinging ingredient is of so general use as woad, or glastum; for though of itself it dye but a blue, yet it is used to prepare cloth for green, and many of the sadder colours, when the dyers make them last without fading. Boyle.

    Woad or wade is used by the dyers to lay the foundation of all sad colours. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    With that his hand, more sad than lump of lead,
    Uplifting high, he weened with Morddure,
    His own good sword, Morddure, to cleave his head. F. Q.

    Chalky lands are naturally cold and sad, and therefore require warm applications, and light compost. John Mortimer.


  1. Sad

    Sad is a song by British singer songwriter Elton John Vs Australian electronic dance duo Pnau. It was released in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2012 as the second and final single from the album Good Morning to the Night. In November 2012, John and Pnau performed the song live on The X Factor Australia. The song incorporates elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings: "Nice and Slow", "Crazy Water", "Curtains", "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and "Friends".


  1. sad

    Sad is an emotional state characterized by feelings of unhappiness, disappointment, grief or sorrow. It is often associated with negative experiences, loss, or lack of fulfillment in various aspects of life. The intensity and duration of sadness can vary significantly, depending on individual experience and perception. It is a natural and universal human emotion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sad

    sated; satisfied; weary; tired

  2. Sad

    heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard

  3. Sad

    dull; grave; dark; somber; -- said of colors

  4. Sad

    serious; grave; sober; steadfast; not light or frivolous

  5. Sad

    affected with grief or unhappiness; cast down with affliction; downcast; gloomy; mournful

  6. Sad

    afflictive; calamitous; causing sorrow; as, a sad accident; a sad misfortune

  7. Sad

    hence, bad; naughty; troublesome; wicked

  8. Sadverb

    to make sorrowful; to sadden


  1. Sad

    Surat Sad is the 38th sura of the Qur'an with 88 ayat and 1 sajdah. ص~ وَالْقُرْآنِ ذِي الذِّكْرِ 38:01 Sād [Fifteenth-centre/middle letter of the 29 letters of Arabic Alphabet, with ancillary glyph/prolongation sign/mark which extends/stretches the sound value of the letter to which it is added. Prolongation sign/mark is found whenever the following word begins with still letter and here Sād ending with sound of still "Daal" in pronunciation. As a numeral, it denotes 90-reflecting the entire range from 0 to 9. Its head part is used in Grand Qur'aan as a sign to suggest linkage in recitation]; and swearing is by the Qur'aan, its peculiarity is that it is the holder/container of the Admonishment/Reminder/Reiteration [of all that was sent earlier-a linkage]. [38:01] بَلِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فِي عِزَّةٍ وَشِقَاقٍ 38:02 Nay, their utterances are false, the fact of the matter is that those who have deliberately refused to accept [Grand Qur'aan] they are in the perception of holding power/control/status quo and in retaining/maintaining a separate identity/entity [as against the Qur'aan that intends to link the humanity as a homogenous unit]. [38:02] [Read in conjunction 2:137,176;22:53;41:52]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sad

    sad (comp. Sad′der, superl. Sad′dest), adj. sorrowful: serious: cast down: calamitous: weary: sombre: stiff: doughy: dejected: troublesome: sober, dark-coloured: (obs.) ponderous, heavy.—v.t. to grieve.—v.t. Sad′den, to make sad: to render heavy: to grow hard.—v.i. to grow sad.—adjs. Sad′-eyed (Shak.), having an expression of sadness in the eyes; Sad′-faced (Shak.), having an expression of sadness in the face; Sad′-heart′ed (Shak.), having the heart full of sadness.—adv. Sad′ly.—n. Sad′ness. [A.S. sæd, sated, weary; cf. Dut. zat, Ger. satt; L. sat, satis.]

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  1. SAD

    What does SAD stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SAD acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SAD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sad is ranked #105600 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sad surname appeared 169 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sad.

    73.3% or 124 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.
    9.4% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.7% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sad' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3120

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sad' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1841

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sad' in Adjectives Frequency: #378

Anagrams for sad »

  1. ads

  2. ads

  3. ASD

  4. SDA

  5. ASD

  6. SDA

  7. das

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sad in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sad in a Sentence

  1. Kadyn Cockman:

    The anger towards them now is completely gone. Completely gone. I don't feel angry. I feel tremendous sadness for my kids, i'm tremendously sad but I'll get through this.

  2. Joseph Wu:

    I along with our country's people feel sad, angry and regretful, china grabbing our allies and giving us pressure in the diplomatic space will not shrink the distance across the (Taiwan) strait and will not let cross-strait relations walk on a peaceful, friendly path.

  3. Steve Stricker:

    I ’m honored that Jay asked me to join the U.S. Team, i absolutely love the team atmosphere of The Presidents Cup and would have been sad to miss out on it for the first time in a decade, especially on such a momentous occasion as the event heads to Asia for the first time.

  4. Ashli Babbitt:

    It is deeply offensive and sad that the brutal and harrowing memories of the worst terrorist attack in American history are being deployed by political partisans, they are using 9/11 not as an example of what the American people endured and overcame together, but explicitly to divide, to stoke hatred and to further a political agenda aimed at stigmatizing the other party and marginalizing ordinary Americans from participating in the political process. That is the real threat to democracy.

  5. Interior Ministry Secretary Joseph Nkaissery:

    It is a very sad day for Kenya.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A adscripted
    B extroversive
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