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[fad] /fæd/
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.
Origin of fad
1825-35; noun use of dial. fad to look after things, busy oneself with trifles, back formation from obsolete faddle to play with, fondle. See fiddle
Related forms
fadlike, adjective
craze, vogue, rage. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fad
  • It's not a new fad diet, but part of a strategy for battling the spike in energy costs.
  • The latest exchange-rate fad in emerging economies is for flexible currencies, but fixed inflation targets.
  • Since then, it has become something of a national fad.
  • Twitter and their cousins have evolved from college fad to global ubiquity in seven short years.
  • Two principles, however, have survived this confusing roller-coaster ride of fad diets: balance and moderation.
  • Indeed, dating the universe was quite the scholarly fad.
  • Entire industries do not go under simply due to a fad or without doing their homework.
  • The best-known of the insurance deals is the one that started the whole film-insurance fad.
  • At the same time, many agree that environmental problems are exaggerated and that the environmental movement is a fad.
  • However, don t get me wrong, the organic movement is merely at the stage of fad.
British Dictionary definitions for fad


noun (informal)
an intense but short-lived fashion; craze
a personal idiosyncrasy or whim
Derived Forms
faddish, adjective
faddishness, noun
faddism, noun
faddist, noun
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin


(biochem) flavin adenine dinucleotide: an ester of riboflavin with ADP that acts as the prosthetic group for many flavoproteins See also FMN
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Word Origin and History for fad

1834, "hobby, pet project;" 1881 as "fashion, craze," perhaps shortened from fiddle-faddle. Or perhaps from French fadaise "trifle, nonsense," ultimately from Latin fatuus "stupid."

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fad in Medicine

FAD abbr.
flavin adenine dinucleotide

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fad in Technology

["FAD, A Simple and Powerful Database Language", F. Bancilon et al, Proc 13th Intl Conf on VLDB, Brighton, England, Sep 1987].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for fad


  1. fish aggregating device
  2. flavin adenine dinucleotide
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