sad sack

sad sack

noun Slang.
a pathetically inept person, especially a soldier, who continually blunders in spite of good intentions.

Origin:
after the cartoon character created in 1942 by U.S. cartoonist George Baker (1915–75)

sad-sack, adjective
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sad sack
 
n
slang (US) an inept person who makes mistakes despite good intentions
 
[C20: from a cartoon character created by G. Baker, US cartoonist]

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sad sack definition


  1. n.
    a sad person; a listless or depressed person. : Tom always looks like such a sad sack.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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sad sack

A singularly inept person, as in Poor George is a hopeless sad sack. This term alludes to a cartoon character, Sad Sack, invented by George Baker in 1942 and representing a soldier in ill-fitting uniform who failed at whatever he tried to do. It was soon transferred to clumsily inept civilians.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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