how to pronounce sad


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sad is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of sad in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… imbalance where people feel sad but a …”

meanings of sad


  1. Feeling sorrow; sorrowful, mournful.
  2. Appearing sorrowful.
  3. Poor in quality, bad; shameful, deplorable; later, regrettable, poor.
  4. Of colours: dark, deep; later, sombre, dull.
  5. Steadfast, valiant.
  6. Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard.
  7. Causing sorrow; lamentable.
  8. Unfashionable; socially inadequate or undesirable.
  9. Naughty; troublesome; wicked.
  10. Sated, having had one's fill; satisfied, weary.
  11. Dignified, serious, grave.
  12. Soggy (to refer to pastries).
  13. (heading) Emotionally negative.


  1. Alternative form of saad (“Arabic letter").
  2. Initialism of Special Activities Division.
  3. Initialism of single-wavelength anomalous dispersion.
  4. Initialism of standard American diet.
  5. Initialism of social anxiety disorder.
  6. Initialism of seasonal affective disorder.


  1. To make melancholy; to sadden or grieve (someone).

sad frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word sad occurs in english on average 93.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics sad can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sad can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to sad


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