sads

sād

[sahd]
noun
the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin:
< Arabic

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sad (sæd)
 
adj , sadder, saddest
1.  feeling sorrow; unhappy
2.  causing, suggestive, or expressive of such feelings: a sad story
3.  unfortunate; unsatisfactory; shabby; deplorable: her clothes were in a sad state
4.  informal (Brit) ludicrously contemptible; pathetic: he's a sad, boring little wimp
5.  (of pastry, cakes, etc) not having risen fully; heavy
6.  (of a colour) lacking brightness; dull or dark
7.  archaic serious; grave
 
vb
8.  (NZ) to express sadness or displeasure strongly
 
[Old English sæd weary; related to Old Norse sathr, Gothic saths, Latin satur, satis enough]
 
'sadly
 
adv
 
'sadness
 
n

SAD
 
abbreviation for
seasonal affective disorder

SADS (sædz)
 
n acronym for
sudden adult death syndrome: the sudden death of an apparently healthy adult, for which no cause can be found at postmortem
 
[late C20: by analogy with SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)]

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sad
O.E. sæd "sated," from P.Gmc. *sathaz (cf. O.N. saðr, M.Du. sat, Du. zad, O.H.G. sat, Ger. satt, Goth. saþs "satiated"), from PIE *seto- (cf. L. satis "enough, sufficient," O.C.S. sytu, Lith. sotus, O.Ir. saith "satiety"), from base *sa- "satisfied" (cf. Skt. a-sinvan "insatiable"). Sense
development seems to have passed through a meaning "heavy," and "weary, tired of" before emerging c.1300 as "unhappy." An alternative course would be through "steadfast, firm," and "serious" to "grave." In the main modern sense, it replaced O.E. unrot, negative of rot "cheerful, glad." 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. The verb sadden "to make sorrowful" is from 1600; earlier form was sade, from O.E. sadian.
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SAD abbr.
seasonal affective disorder

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SAD
seasonal affective disorder
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