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[sahd] /sɑd/
the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of sād
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  • I arrive at Edimbourg by a morning of the most sads; the sky grey, the earth wet, the air humid.

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noun acronym
sudden adult death syndrome: the sudden death of an apparently healthy adult, for which no cause can be found at postmortem
Word Origin
late C20: by analogy with SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)


adjective sadder, saddest
feeling sorrow; unhappy
causing, suggestive, or expressive of such feelings: a sad story
unfortunate; unsatisfactory; shabby; deplorable: her clothes were in a sad state
(Brit, informal) ludicrously contemptible; pathetic: he's a sad, boring little wimp
(of pastry, cakes, etc) not having risen fully; heavy
(of a colour) lacking brightness; dull or dark
(archaic) serious; grave
(NZ) to express sadness or displeasure strongly
Derived Forms
sadly, adverb
sadness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sæd weary; related to Old Norse sathr, Gothic saths, Latin satur, satis enough


seasonal affective disorder
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Word Origin and History for sads



Old English sæd "sated, full, having had one's fill (of food, drink, fighting, etc.), weary of," from Proto-Germanic *sathaz (cf. Old Norse saðr, Middle Dutch sat, Dutch zad, Old High German sat, German satt, Gothic saþs "satiated, sated, full"), from PIE *seto- (cf. Latin satis "enough, sufficient," Greek hadros "thick, bulky," Old Church Slavonic sytu, Lithuanian sotus "satiated," Old Irish saith "satiety," sathach "sated"), from root *sa- "to satisfy" (cf. Sanskrit a-sinvan "insatiable").

Sense development passed through the meaning "heavy, ponderous" (i.e. "full" mentally or physically), and "weary, tired of" before emerging c.1300 as "unhappy." An alternative course would be through the common Middle English sense of "steadfast, firmly established, fixed" (e.g. sad-ware "tough pewter vessels") and "serious" to "grave." In the main modern sense, it replaced Old English unrot, negative of rot "cheerful, glad."

Meaning "very bad" is from 1690s. Slang sense of "inferior, pathetic" is from 1899; sad sack is 1920s, popularized by World War II armed forces (specifically by cartoon character invented by Sgt. George Baker, 1942, and published in U.S. Armed Forces magazine "Yank"), probably a euphemistic shortening of common military slang phrase sad sack of shit.

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sads in Medicine

SAD abbr.
seasonal affective disorder

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Slang definitions & phrases for sads



Inferior; botched or bungled; crummy: It's a sad dump/ What a sad-ass town (first form 1899+, second 1971+ third 1974+)

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Related Abbreviations for sads


seasonal affective disorder
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