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cad

[kad] /kæd/
noun
1.
an ill-bred man, especially one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women.
2.
British Archaic.
  1. a local town boy or youth, as contrasted with a university or public school student.
  2. a servant at a university or public school.
Origin of cad
1780-1790
1780-90; short for caddie ( def 2 )
Synonyms
1. bounder, rotter, rascal, rogue; heel.

CAD

[kad] /kæd/
noun
1.
computer-aided design.
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  • She moved feebly to the window, and tried to detect the cad's white flannels among the laurels.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • The first time—it was the act of a cad—but I worked it all out.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • She made me feel as if I were a cad and a beast and a ruffian—as if I wanted k-kick-kicking.

  • Suppose he, too, should fall to the lot of a cad like Pledge, or a brute like Bull!

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • You'd think she'd have got some sense from living with cad so long.

    In The Valley Of The Shadow Josephine Daskam
British Dictionary definitions for cad

cad

/kæd/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal, old-fashioned) a man who does not behave in a gentlemanly manner towards others
Derived Forms
caddish, adjective
Word Origin
C18: shortened from caddie

CAD

noun acronym
1.
computer-aided design
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Word Origin and History for cad
n.

1730, shortening of cadet (q.v.); originally used of servants, then (1831) of town boys by students at British universities and public schools (though at Cambridge it meant "snob"). Meaning "person lacking in finer feelings" is from 1838.

A cad used to be a jumped-up member of the lower classes who was guilty of behaving as if he didn't know that his lowly origin made him unfit for having sexual relationships with well-bred women. [Anthony West, "H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life," 1984]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cad

Cad

noun

A Cadillac car: And we'll rent a black Caddy (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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cad in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for cad

CAD

1.
Canada-dollar
2.
carbohydrate addict's diet
3.
computer-aided design
4.
coronary artery disease
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