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adjective Sad
  1. Sated; satisfied; weary; tired.(Obs)"Yet of that art they can not waxen sad, For unto them it is a bitter sweet." [Chaucer.]
  2. Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard.(Obs., except in a few phrases; as, sad bread )"His hand, more sad than lump of lead." [Spenser.]"Chalky lands are naturally cold and sad." [Mortimer.]
  3. Dull; grave; dark; somber; -- said of colors." Sad-colored clothes." [Walton.]"Woad, or wade, is used by the dyers to lay the foundation of all sad colors." [Mortimer.]
  4. Serious; grave; sober; steadfast; not light or frivolous.(Obs)"Ripe and sadcourage." [Chaucer.]"Lady Catharine, a sad and religious woman." [Bacon.]"Which treaty was wisely handled by sad and discrete counsel of both parties." [Ld. Berners.]
  5. Affected with grief or unhappiness; cast down with affliction; downcast; gloomy; mournful."First were we sad, fearing you would not come; Now sadder, that you come so unprovided." [Shak.]"The angelic guards ascended, mute and sad." [Milton.]
  6. Afflictive; calamitous; causing sorrow; as, a sad accident; a sad misfortune.
  7. Hence, bad; naughty; troublesome; wicked.(Colloq)" Sadtipsy fellows, both of them." [I. Taylor.]
    synonyms: Sorrowful; mournful; gloomy; dejected; depressed; cheerless; downcast; sedate; serious; grave; grievous; afflictive; calamitous.

Note: Sad is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sad-colored, sad-eyed, sad-hearted, sad-looking, and the like.

Etymology: OE. sad sated, tired, satisfied, firm, steadfast, AS. sæd satisfied, sated; akin to D. zat, OS. sad, G. satt, OHG. sat, Icel. saðr saddr, Goth. saþs, Lith. sotus, L. sat satis, enough, satur sated, Gr. 'a`menai to satiate, 'a`dnh enough. Cf. Assets Sate Satiate Satisfy Satire

verb Sad
To make sorrowful; to sadden.
noun SAD
Seasonal affective disorder.
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  1. Bad; unfortunate ("her clothes were in sad shape")
  2. Experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness ("feeling sad because his dog had died" and "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad")
  3. Of things that make you feel sad ("sad news", "she doesn't like sad movies", "it was a very sad story", and "When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me")

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”), Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌸𐍃 (saþs, “full, satisfied”), and through Indo-European, with Latin satur (“well-fed, sated”). Related to sate.

sad was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Gothic, Lojban, Lower Sorbian, Old Saxon, Polish, Scots, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, and Slovene

Notable Persons Named Sad

Sad Sack is a comics character.


Sad Sam Jones was a baseball player. Sad was born on July 26th, 1892 in Woodsfield, Ohio. He died on July 6th, 1966.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sad

Tara was born on October 9th, 1953 in Dover, New Jersey.


Vasiliy was born in 1948. He passed away on January 18th, 1848.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sad U.S.
  White 73.37% 64.26%
  African American 4.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.47% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Sad

  • How Popular is the name Sad? As a last name Sad was the 105,600th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Sad first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sad is Friday, November 1st, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Sad? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sad. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Sad: Your name in reverse order is Das. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sad. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sad? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 169 people with the last name Sad.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sad? Sad is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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