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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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  • Charity had not come to be a fad then, though there were many earnest workers.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • For at bottom, atheism is either a fad or a trade or a fatuity.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He immediately became the fad; rather, Society split into two factions and was threatened with disruption.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • "Watching it this way could get to be a fad," the repairman said, at last, almost inaudibly.

  • Your European reputation came along just about the time the fad for the newest English novel was dying.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fad in Medicine

FAD abbr.
flavin adenine dinucleotide

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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


fish aggregating device
flavin adenine dinucleotide
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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