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[brad] /bræd/
a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.
verb (used with object), bradded, bradding.
to fasten with brads.
Origin of brad
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English brad, dialectal variant of Middle English brod(d) sprout, shoot, nail < Old Norse braddr, cognate with Old English brord spike (see braird)


[brad] /bræd/
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • By inverting the gauge and running the brad head along the bottom of the groove, the depth could be gauged accurately.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • Old brad shouted, "You got him in de laig, doctah, but he runnin' yit!"

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • brad, Dan and Red waited only until they were certain that the two Indians did not intend to return.

  • "brad don't know his strength," Councill was accustomed to say.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • As brad carefully swung open the door, he lifted out the crate.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for brad


a small tapered nail having a small head that is either symmetrical or formed on one side only
Word Origin
Old English brord point, prick; related to Old Norse broddr spike, sting, Old High German brort edge
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Word Origin and History for brad

"small wire nail," late 13c., brod, from Old Norse broddr "spike, point, arrow," from Proto-Germanic *brozda- (cf. Old English brord "point, prick, blade of grass," Old High German brort "point, edge, crown"), from PIE *bhrs-dh-, from root *bhars- "projectile, point, bristle" (see bristle (n.)).

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