Saddest vs Gaddest - What's the difference?

saddest | gaddest |

As an adjective saddest

is (sad).

As a verb gaddest is

(archaic) (gad).




  • (sad)

  • sad



  • (label) Sated, having had one's fill; satisfied, weary.
  • (label) Steadfast, valiant.
  • *, Book V:
  • *:And thus they strekyn forth into the stremys, many sadde hunderthes.
  • (label) Dignified, serious, grave.
  • *, II.xi:
  • *:Vprose Sir Guyon, in bright armour clad, / And to his purposd iourney him prepar'd: / With him the Palmer eke in habit sad , / Him selfe addrest to that aduenture hard
  • *(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • *:ripe and sad courage
  • * (1467-1533)
  • *:which treaty was wisely handled by sad and discrete counsel of both parties
  • (label) Naughty; troublesome; wicked.
  • *(Isaac Taylor) (1787–1865)
  • *:Sad tipsy fellows, both of them.
  • (label) Emotionally negative.
  • #Of colours: dark, deep; later, sombre, dull.
  • #*1646 , (Thomas Browne), Pseudodoxia Epidemica , II.5:
  • #*:this is either used crude, and called Sulphur Vive, and is of a sadder colour; or after depuration, such as we have in magdeleons of rolls, of a lighter yellow.
  • #*(Izaak Walton) (c.1594-1683)
  • #*:sad -coloured clothes
  • #* John Mortimer (1656?-1736)
  • #*:Woad, or wade, is used by the dyers to lay the foundation of all sad colours.
  • #Feeling sorrow; sorrowful, mournful.
  • #:
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • #*:First were we sad , fearing you would not come; / Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
  • #*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • #*:The angelic guards ascended, mute and sad .
  • #Appearing sorrowful.
  • #:
  • #Causing sorrow; lamentable.
  • #:
  • #*
  • #*:The Great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, / For all their wars are merry and all their songs are sad .
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=20 citation , passage=The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. No one queried it. It was in the classic pattern of human weakness, mean and embarrassing and sad .}}
  • #Poor in quality, bad; shameful, deplorable; later, regrettable, poor.
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  • #*1819 , (Lord Byron), , II.127:
  • #*:Heaven knows what cash he got, or blood he spilt, / A sad old fellow was he, if you please.
  • (label) Unfashionable; socially inadequate or undesirable.
  • :
  • (label) Soggy (to refer to pastries).
  • (label) Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard.
  • :sad bread
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:his hand, more sad than lump of lead
  • * John Mortimer (1656?-1736)
  • *:Chalky lands are naturally cold and sad .
  • Synonyms

    * (feeling mentally uncomfortable) discomforted, distressed, uncomfortable, unhappy * (low in spirits) depressed, down in the dumps, glum, melancholy * poignant, touching * (causing sorrow) lamentable * (poor in quality) pitiful, sorry * See also * See also


    * happy * cheerful * gleeful, upbeat * decent

    Derived terms

    * sadness


    * * * 1000 English basic words ----




  • (archaic) (gad)

  • gad


    Etymology 1

    Taboo deformation of (God).


    (en interjection)
  • An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to 'by God', 'goodness gracious', 'for goodness' sake'.
  • 1905' '' That's the trouble -- it was too easy for you -- you got reckless -- thought you could turn me inside out, and chuck me in the gutter like an empty purse. But, by '''gad , that ain't playing fair: that's dodging the rules of the game.'' — Edith Wharton, '' House of Mirth.
    Derived terms
    * egads * egad

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) .


  • To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
  • * 1852 , Alice Cary, Clovernook ....
  • This, I suppose, is the virgin who abideth still in the house with you. She is not given, I hope, to gadding overmuch, nor to vain and foolish decorations of her person with ear-rings and finger-rings, and crisping-pins: for such are unprofitable, yea, abominable.
  • *
  • Synonyms
    * gallivant
    Derived terms
    * gadabout * gaddish, gaddishness

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
  • * 1885 , Detroit Free Press. , December 17
  • Twain finds his voice after a short search for it and when he impels it forward it is a good, strong, steady voice in harness until the driver becomes absent-minded, when it stops to rest, and then the gad must be used to drive it on again.
  • (obsolete) A metal bar.
  • * 1485 , Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book XV:
  • they sette uppon hym and drew oute their swerdys to have slayne hym – but there wolde no swerde byghte on hym more than uppon a gadde of steele, for the Hyghe Lorde which he served, He hym preserved.
  • * Moxon
  • Flemish steel some in bars and some in gads .
  • A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I will go get a leaf of brass, / And with a gad of steel will write these words.
  • * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, p. 327:
  • Frank was able to keep his eyes open long enough to check his bed with a miner's gad and douse the electric lamp
  • (dated, metallurgy) An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
  • * 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 146.
  • ''Twice a day a 'gad' of iron, i.e., a bloom weighing 1 cwt. was produced, which took from six to seven hours.
  • A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
  • (Fairholt)
  • (UK, US, dialect) A rod or stick, such as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
  • (Halliwell)


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