1. [ adjective ] 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

Related terms: glad tragic melancholy doleful bittersweet tragicomic heavyhearted wistful pensive depressing
2. [ adjective ] bad; unfortunate
Synonyms: deplorable sorry pitiful lamentable distressing

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

Related terms: bad
3. [ adjective ] experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
Synonyms: unhappy

"unhappy over her departure" "unhappy with her raise" "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence" "had an unhappy time at school" "the unhappy (or sad) news"

Related terms: happy bad miserable homesick lovesick sorrowful dysphoric discontented dejected joyless infelicitous cheerless happiness happiness
4. [ adjective ] 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

Related terms: sorrowful
5. [ verb ] make unhappy; 'The news of her death saddened me'
Synonyms: sadden
Related terms: gladden affect weigh_down sadden
Similar spelling:   said