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[tad] /tæd/
noun, Informal.
a small child, especially a boy.
a very small amount or degree; bit:
Please shift your chair a tad to the right. The frosting could use a tad more vanilla.
Origin of tad
1875-80, Americanism, for def 1; 1935-40, Americanism, for def 2; perhaps shortening of tadpole


[tad] /tæd/
a male given name, form of Thaddeus or Theodore. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tad
  • It was brash, self-confident, curious and a tad jingoistic.
  • In summary, more people take the test and the averages are down a tad.
  • My lobsters seemed a tad tired from their long travels but they soon perked up.
  • And the prizes are a tad snazzier than a blue ribbon.
  • The quality will of course vary depending on the acoustics of the room, but the sound does start off a tad tinny.
  • Environmentalists sometimes have a tendency to take themselves a tad too seriously.
  • If you go with the clogs, make sure you get a proper fit--they are supposed to be a tad loose.
  • The pacing of the audio is also a tad slower, allowing kids to hear and comprehend the information.
  • Your colleague sounds paranoid and a tad jealous of your effectiveness with your students.
  • It's always a tad strange to read a review of a book one has already read.
British Dictionary definitions for tad


noun (informal)
(US & Canadian) a small boy; lad
(US & Canadian) a small bit or piece
a tad, a little; rather: she may be a tad short but she got a top modelling job
Word Origin
C20: short for tadpole
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Word Origin and History for tad

1877, "young or small child," probably a shortened form of tadpole, which is said to be the source of Tad as the nickname of U.S. President Lincoln's son Thomas (1853–1871). The extended meaning "small amount" is first recorded 1915.

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tad in Medicine

TAD abbr.
transient acantholytic dermatosis

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for tad



A Mexican or person of Mexican descent (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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